Following our hostage situation at Focus on the Family in 1996, I began writing and researching on the subject of faith-based security. That research included searching for other faith-based security operators. The operators were rare, and companies dedicated to the subject even more uncommon. I found Crisis Consulting International very early in that search. They remain high on my trusted list, but their focus is overseas missionary work.
It took me much longer to find anyone dedicated to faith-based security operations in the U.S..
Google appeared on the scene and I began using it to research faith-based incidents and search for church security support. The first company I located on Google that was dedicated to faith-based security inside the U.S. was Chuck Chadwick and his Gatekeepers Alliance.
By 2005, I was part of the development team at New Life Church as we pioneered our security program. Then we had our shooting in 2007. Not long after the shooting, I contacted Chuck and told him of the research I had done on deadly force incidents at churches. We finally met in Houston in 2009, and developed a mutual trust and regard.
In Texas, Chuck had developed an effective and successful model to equip churches with consistently trained, qualified and credentialed security operators. I flew down to Dallas to meet with Chuck and men from the church insurance industry in August of 2013. We heard the issues and concerns of church security from the insurance perspective. We heard Chuck explain in detail how the Gatekeepers model could answer those concerns. Among the many unique things the Gatekeepers Program™ does, is the way it provides injury and liability coverage for volunteer and paid security operators.
At the conclusion of that meeting, those men representing the insurance industry asked Chuck to take the seasoned Gatekeepers Program™ national. Chuck asked me to help him launch that initiative.
I weighed my response very carefully -- it's a tall order;
I have decided to join Chuck in this effort.
I will remain independent as far as this website, personal speaking engagements, and non-Gatekeepers related faith-based security support. However, a significant part of my time for the foreseeable future will be used in launching this program throughout the western states, as Chuck works on the eastern end of the U.S. I am starting right here in Colorado.
For more information on the program, please see Chuck's announcement of the roll-out posted this week on his website at www.nocssm.org and monthly newsletter.