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Church "Security" Teams


For several years churches have been seeing the threat to their congregation coming. Many have recruited members to be more aware, maybe train in first aid or conflict resolution, wear radios, etc. Up until this year if those teams carried firearms they could be charged for being unlicensed security. September 1st that changed for volunteer security at religious facilities. Provided they follow some simple rules. For example, no uniform or badge identifying them as security.

I have already seen many churches building "Response Teams". My opinion would be that is acceptable. I like the idea some have done requiring first aid and CPR training. I would recommend they also go beyond the simple LTC Class and range practice should they decide to carry while volunteering. Seek out higher level training, conflict resolution, perhaps some basic unarmed defense techniques.

Remember, the more situations you make yourself available to handle, the more your odds of finding trouble will go up.

Finally, consider one of the many prepaid legal groups available. For myself I have chosen Texas Law Shield. I can give you more information on that service should you decide to go that route.

Stay safe, and alert.

Terence Painter

From DPS:

Senate Bill 2065 Effective Sept. 1, 2017 SB 2065 adds Section 1702.333 to the Texas Occupations Code exempting a person from the requirement to be registered or licensed with the Private Security Program if providing volunteer security services on the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship. The individuals may not wear a uniform or otherwise give the impression that they are a peace officer, personal protection officer, or security officer.

ARTICLE 11. VOLUNTEER SECURITY SERVICES SECTION 11.001. Subchapter N, Chapter 1702, Occupations Code, is amended by adding Section 1702.333 to read as follows: Sec. 1702.333. PLACE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP; CERTAIN VOLUNTEERS. (a) In this section, "volunteer security services" means services or activities that are: (1) regulated under this chapter; and (2) provided without compensation or remuneration. (b) This chapter does not apply to a person who is providing volunteer security services on the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship. (c) While providing volunteer security services under Subsection (b), a person may not wear a uniform or badge that: (1) contains the word "security"; or (2) gives the person the appearance of being a peace officer, personal protection officer, or security officer.