Joined my Church's "Safety & Security" team this week...........very impressed.
Well, it's that time of year at church when they have a "day of training" where church members are asked to go to some brief classes about a ministry in the church they are interested in serving in (Music worship, communion, greeters, nursery workers, etc.). I saw "Safety & Security Team" so I promptly signed up and attended the meeting. Before this interaction my only knowledge of "Security" during church was the county sheriff they hire to linger in the parking lot and direct traffic during services, and of course my PF9 that is always on me. I was impressed as I waited for the meeting to start when I saw other members I knew were LEO's come walking in. The passed out the current year's calendar with who was assigned to which of the various posts during each of the two Sunday services. They outlined the duties of each post, reviewed the security guidelines and procedures, training dates, recent radio upgrades, etc.. I introduced myself and two of the guys I know well vouched for me and I was welcomed onto the team. The leader somehow already knew I had federal LE training and asked me about that. Kind of freaky he already knew about me, but kind of comforting at the same time.
The topic of concealed carry came up and this was the dialogue:
TEAM COORDINATOR: "Do you have a CCW permit?"
TEAM COORDINATOR: "Good. Please carry when you are working a post and use it if you have to. Our minister has granted this team the power to act on behalf of the church when handling a security situation."
ME: "Sounds good."
That was it. I left the meeting very comforted by having such a team at our church, even though it's not a huge church (about 800 members per week). I have attended this church for about one year and several issues that I believed were security issues, for instance in the nursery area, were already being addressed by this team. I also didn't realize how many people I knew who were on the security team and carry each Sunday! I've never "made" someone at our church so apparently we have some folks very good at concealing! I can't wait to go through the training and start working a post.