To address the growing threat of violence at houses of worship, the Faith Safety Network was founded in 2017 to serve the Colorado faith community with free, practical, and readily accessible resources to promote safety and security at these vulnerable venues. Open to all religious institutions, FSN seeks to be a source of pertinent, time-critical alerts, as well as an accessible information-sharing platform of best safety practices and expert counsel to its members.
FSN was founded to be a free resource of security and safety information to the Colorado faith community. Safety in houses of worship has taken on greater urgency with the increasing level of threats to the faith community in recent years. The threats run the gamut from random physical assaults to ideologically driven mass murder at religious venues around the country. What’s more, the faith community is not immune from the increase in violence in society overall.
In the face of this threat many faith institutions, particularly smaller ones, simply lack the knowledge of how to respond to this daunting challenge. With scarce resources and absent some expertise, often the topic of safety gets pushed to the bottom of the agenda, only to be forgotten until the next tragedy. FSN seeks to fill this void and simplify faith safety.
Our objective is to serve the faith community by making essential safety information readily accessible. For the faith leader or volunteer who Googles the topic faith safety, the plethora of items is virtually impossible to navigate. Even if finances permit hiring a security consultant, which one?
Our hope is that FSN will provide easily accessible and simple-to-use resources for member faith institutions seeking to stand up a safety program. For those congregations with existing, and even robust programs, FSN’s goal will be to help step that program up to the next level.
With a broad network of member religious institutions, subject-matter experts, working along side local law enforcement, FSN can also provide timely alerts of incidents and threats of interest to the faith community. It is readily apparent that faith-based venues are being targeted by individuals who view these locations as prime targets of opportunity. We also hope that FSN will provide a valuable platform for members to share information, best practices, and resources among the faith community.
Finally, our goal is to serve the faith community in a way that meets real needs with practical, plug-and-play resources accessible on an easy-to-navigate website. To do so, we very much encourage and welcome your feedback as we strive—together—to create a safer faith community in Colorado.