In Wake of Mass Shootings, Churches Arm and Train Congregants

Time (image)In Wake of Mass Shootings, Churches Arm and Train Congregants | #ESC_LLC #Shooter #Gun #Church #CrimePrevention | The anxiety of one mass shooting after another has led some churches to start training and arming their worshipers with guns.

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Not all security experts support this approach, but it has gained momentum as congregations across the country grapple with how to secure spaces where welcoming strangers is a religious practice.

“Ten years ago, this industry was not a thing,” said David Riggall, a Texas police officer whose company trains churchgoers to volunteer as security guards. “I mean, sanctuary means a safe place.” | #TpromoCom

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From the Desk of John Larkin

“Arming members of a church organization is such a departure from what we have traditionally seen that it’s somewhat difficult to wrap one’s mind around it,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio. “There are other ways to deal with the potential for violence in a church, however. One of them is to install a quality access control system along with a video intercom.”

Another idea is to install GunShot detection in the church so if something were to happen, the alarm company’s central station monitoring facility will immediately call police for a response. Also, if you’re building a new church, have your architect contact ESC or your regular alarm company for assistance.

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ESC Supports Construction Business With Engineering and Support Services Group

Architects have a difficult job where it comes to assembling a specification on additional fire alarm, access control, security, video and other building systems. When assumptions are made, based on inaccurate information submitted by owners, electrical contractors, and others, it all too often results in the composition of one or more addendums which pushes deadlines back and adds to the overall cost of the project.

ESC Support Division (image)Engineering and Support Services Group (ESSG), a special division within Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC), specializes in providing feet-on-the-ground support for Architects, Electrical Engineers (EE’s), Professional Engineers (PE’s), and others associated with Construction.

“ESC provides back office support by visiting job sites to take inventory and thereby assure that the equipment on site and what you intend to add to your blueprint and specifications matchup,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio. “We can save you a ton of time and effort, not to mention manpower pumping out addendums as others in the trade make their discoveries known to you. Give us a try and we’ll show you what we can do.”

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