Institutional Security


Faith-based and nongovernmental organizations extend far beyond faith spiritual care and health and human services; they are an important component of a collective and cooperative safety and security effort. Faith-based and nongovernmental organizations own and operate infrastructure that remains vulnerable to attack, provides direct support and response to natural and manmade disasters, and provides vital services to tens of millions of Americans everyday. These include vast networks of organizations and operations with facilities, capabilities, and processes on a massive scale incorporated into preventive and preparedness efforts. During times of crisis and other events, it is neighborhood congregations and community organizations - the very fabric of America - that are best positioned to serve as critical partners in recovery and resiliency efforts.


For information on institutional safety and security, click the images below to gain access to information and resources pertinent to securing your houses of worship, community centers, businesses, camps, special events, and conferences.

  • Private Security: Window Dressing or Real Protection?

    This 42-page white paper, published in April 2022, was developed by a panel of recognized law enforcement and security professionals convened by SCN to assist organizations in making educated decisions about the role of private security officers as part of the security strategy of Jewish institutions. The report was designed to support established security programs and assist in creating new ones at synagogues, community centers, schools, and other centers of Jewish life.

  • Private Security: Appendices

    The appendices to the white paper "Private Security: Window Dressing or Real Protection?" include a menu of potential trainings, a sample request for proposal for security services, security physical readiness testing protocol, and sample post orders.

  • Firearms and the Faithful

    This white paper, released in January 2020, is intended to assist and support security personnel as well as houses of worship, security committees, leadership, and professionals to fully consider the issues and concerns related to armed security in houses of worship and other centers of Jewish life.

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