First Ever ?Church Security Professional? Certification

Frisco, TX (PRWEB) August 13, 2005 –

Gatekeepers Alliance, LLC has been presenting “Church Security Summits” in various mega-churches across the nation to rooms full of church Security Directors and Facilities Mangers. Chuck Chadwick, President and Founder of Gatekeepers Alliance, LLC, says “The need for certified security training became very evident from our Church Security Summits. The surge in the number of growing, emerging Mega-Churches is outstripping the qualified market.”

“When we needed to pull together the resources for this certification program, we wanted only the very best in the nation. Executive Security International is the oldest and largest academy in the security industry.” Chadwick said.

Gatekeepers Alliance, LLC will offer a “Church Security Professional” certification which requires both distance education and resident training. Students will spend 450 hours in distance education and 8-14 plus days in residency training.

Gatekeepers Alliance is a church specific security organization whose members share the common goal of keeping staff, congregations, property and other assets secure and safe.

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Security Officers At Philadelphia Historic Sites Raise Concerns About Wackenhut At Community Hearing


Philadelphia, Pa. (Vocus) September 13, 2007

Six years after the World Trade Center was attacked in New York City, security officers who guard Philadelphia historic sites testified about their poor working conditions at a community field hearing held yesterday, September 12. The hearing was chaired by Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-PA) at Christ Church Community House just blocks from the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell sites.

Security officers who guard the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall National Park raised concerns with the panel regarding training, equipment, health and safety and workers’ rights. Wackenhut Services Inc., a division of Wackenhut/G4S, the foreign-owned security services company, employs the security officers.

Former and current Wackenhut workers testified before a community hearing that included (in addition to Congressman Brady), City Councilmember Frank Rizzo, Jr. (R), Councilwoman-elect Maria Quinones-Sanchez (D), and Pastor Robin Hynicka of the Arch Street Methodist Church. Congressman Brady vowed to ask the U.S. Congress to investigate whether or not Wackenhut/G4S – which does around half a billion dollars a year of business with the U.S. government – should be debarred from getting U.S. government contracts.

The workers, who receive no health benefits or sick days, told the community leaders that they can’t afford to get sick on the job. “I am a diabetic and living with this illness has become a real struggle for me while working for Wackenhut,” security officer Charlie Wilson said. “I am left to pay for my diabetes medicine myself. Calling in for a sick day means either a penalty or no pay for that day at all.”

“They don’t provide us with the proper clothing or covering,” Wackenhut security officer Lamontez Bentley said. “We all spend a lot of money to make sure we stay warm out there. And it’s money that we can’t afford to spend. Many of my fellow workers are frustrated by the lack of sick days and inadequate uniforms.

“Unfortunately, after many of these workers presented their complaints to management, they either got fired or relocated to another location where the pay was less. It seems to me that Wackenhut is just not willing to listen.”

In fact, forty-six of fifty workers in the security workforce have already signed union authorization cards expressing their desire to be represented by SEIU 32BJ. However, the company has refused to recognize the union, even though SEIU represents more security workers than any union in the U.S.

Following the hearing Philadelphia City Councilman William Greenlee (D) oversaw a community-sponsored secret ballot election in which a majority of the workers took part, 94% voting for SEIU representation. “The people of Philadelphia will not let these workers down,” Greenlee, the councilman emphasized.

Last month, as a result of a federal investigation triggered by a wage and hour complaint filed by a Wackenhut employee, the company informed their employees that they would be receiving back pay owed to them by law. The workers have not been paid their proper rate since October 1, 2006, according to a memo distributed to the workers by Wackenhut.

In July, the company was the subject of a congressional hearing conducted by Edolphus Towns (D-New York), chair of the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement.

Wackenhut Services Inc./G4S is owned by the London-based security conglomerate G4S. G4S, the largest company trading on the London stock exchange, is under fire from international human rights groups and trade unions for the company’s practices in southern Africa and elsewhere.

With more than 85,000 members in six states, including 5,000 in Philadelphia, Local 32BJ SEIU represents the most property services workers in the country. SEIU, with 1.8 million members, is the fastest growing union in North America. SEIU property services workers nationwide clean, maintain, and provide security for commercial office buildings, co-ops, and apartment buildings, as well as public facilities like theaters, stadiums, and airports.

For more information go to http://www.eyeonwackenhut.org .

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‘Three Strands’ Church Security Conference


Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) July 9, 2009

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) will begin its new Church Security Tour by presenting a two day “Three Strands” Church Security Conference to be hosted at various Mega-Churches across the nation.

“We have confirmed dates and locations including some of the largest Mega- Churches in American,” says Chuck Chadwick, the President of NOCSSM. “So far we have conferences scheduled in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Missouri; with Texas, Alabama, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and others close behind.

Armed Guards, Crisis Management, Terrorism, Emergency Evacuation, Childcare liability, Safety Plans, Video Surveillance — these are all buzzwords that every church has to address. Church leaders are asking, “Where do we start?”

With every police department struggling to advise their local churches; there is a lot more to church security than just keeping their doors locked and how to dial “911”.

As the former Director of Security of one of the largest churches in the nation, Charles “Chuck” Chadwick has had to address all of these issues. With weekly attendance approaching twenty thousand there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. Currently, Chadwick’s companies provide consultation and security services to some of the largest churches in America. “We work exclusively with churches,” says Chadwick

While not all churches have the degree of concern as a mega-church, every church wants to meet the unthinkable with a degree of preparedness.

Chadwick says, “I don’t see why every church has to struggle with these issues, when we have already had to deal with and address these issues.”

The two day conference will weave the “Three Stands of Church Security” into a cohesive plan for the attendee churches. Based on a foundation of Policy & Procedure and held together with the Team Players and Tools & Technology.

For further details go to http://www.churchsecurityconference.com

About NOCSSM:

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) is dedicated to the education and training of all churches in security and safety issues.

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‘Three Strands’ Church Security Conference

Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) August 2, 2008

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) will present a two day Church Security Conference to be hosted by Summit Christian Center in San Antonio, TX on May 12-14, 2008.

Armed Guards, Crisis Management, Terrorism, Emergency Evacuation, Childcare liability, Video Surveillance – these are all buzzwords that every church has to address. Church leaders are asking, “Where do we start?”

Join America’s leading experts in Church Security for the best training available to Security Directors, Church Business Administrator, Church Leaders and Facility Directors.

An information-packed Conference, with proven strategies and techniques to improve your church’s security.

While not all churches have the degree of concern as a mega-church, every church wants to meet the unthinkable with a degree of preparedness.

The two day conference will weave the “Three Stands of Church Security” into a cohesive plan for the attendee churches. Based on a foundation of Policy & Procedure and held together with the Team Players and Tools & Technology.

For further details go to http://www.churchsecurityconference.com

About NOCSSM:

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) is dedicated to church security and safety issues through the implementation of security and safety measures specifically designed and time tested for churches.

Chuck Chadwick

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management

972-712-8818

http://www.nocssm.org

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‘Three Strands’ Church Security Conference

Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) March 7, 2008

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) will present a three day Church Security Conference to be hosted by Houston’s First Baptist Church on May 12-14, 2008.

Armed Guards, Crisis Management, Terrorism, Emergency Evacuation, Childcare liability, Safety Plans, Video Surveillance – these are all buzzwords that every church has to address. Church leaders are asking, “Where do we start?”

As the former Director of Security of one of the largest churches in the nation, Charles “Chuck” Chadwick, has had to address all of these issues. With weekly attendance approaching twenty thousand there isn’t much he hasn’t seen.

While not all churches have the degree of concern as a mega-church, every church wants to meet the unthinkable with a degree of preparedness.

Chadwick says – “I don’t see why every church has to struggle with these issues, when we have already had to deal with and address these issues.”

The three day conference will weave the “Three Stands of Church Security” into a cohesive plan for the attendee churches. Based on a foundation of Policy & Procedure and held together with the Team Players and Tools & Technology.

For further details go to http://www.churchsecurityconference.com

About NOCSSM:

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) is dedicated to church security and safety issues through the implementation of security and safety measures specifically designed and time tested for churches.

Contact:

Chuck Chadwick

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management

972-712-8818

http://www.nocssm.org

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