Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) released a document of resources,
Safety for Faith-Based Events and Houses of Worship (pdf), which includes background information on NSI and helpful links to government and non-profit resources.
Included in the document are links to ASIS International materials including a white paper produced by the ASIS Cultural Properties council,
Recommended Best Practices for Securing Houses of Worship (pdf). The document also links to ASIS's
Security Spotlight on Securing Houses of Worship, which was developed in response to the
rise of targeted attacks on Houses of Worship in recent months. The spotlight includes more free resources from our councils, recorded seminar sessions, book excerpts, and other helpful links.
The DHS resource is designed to bolster emergency preparedness for churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other religious organizations, as well as faith-based events, while also fostering best practices among leaders of the faith communities; clergy, congregation members, security committees, ushers, greeters, and guests of houses of worship or faith-based events; and the first responders in the community.
Please share this resource (pdf) with your stakeholders and community partners who are in the best position to observe and subsequently report suspicious activity that may be associated with terrorism or other criminal activity.