Protecting Houses of Worship Event Resource Guide   [open pdf - 1MB]

Taken from the Introduction: "Although not the first, the June 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal [A.M.E.] Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine parishioners dead was another dreadful reminder of the vulnerability houses of worship face in communities across the country. That unique vulnerability -- whether at a small or large venue -- stems from the balance faith-based institutions must strike between being welcoming to all comers, particularly those with immediate needs, while maintaining the sanctity and security of the worship center. Following the human devastation inflicted at Emanuel A.M.E., the United States Attorney's Office in Detroit reached out to its local faith community and sponsored a Faith-Based Security Summit for faith-based leadership. The event -- the inspiration of Barbara L. McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan -- proved to be valuable resource to the community in a number of ways. It was not only an opportune time for the law-enforcement community to stand beside the faith-based community, but it also offered some practical guidance to strengthen houses of worship against the ever-increasing threats they confront. […] Given the increasing level of interest in the topic, the hope is that this resource guide draws upon these experiences and aids others in offering similar meetings in more communities."

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