EFI’s personal protective training for faith leaders builds their capacity to identify security risks, protect themselves and their congregations, and respond to attacks.
Faith leaders play a vital role in the running of places of worship and in their local faith communities, and are often seen as a symbol of the faith institution/religion. Unfortunately, along with rising attacks on places of worship, faith leaders have also been targeted. Their safety and security are therefore a paramount concern. While they are an integral part of the protective security training for places of worship, it is also important to have a bespoke training programme focused specifically on their roles and responsibilities.
EFI’s one-day training programme covers matters of personal security, being safe when in a vulnerable position and institutional security. Delivered in person, the training builds the capacity of faith leaders to identify security risks in their institutions and communities, respond to red flags and be able to take appropriate action in the event of a security breach/attack, protecting both themselves and their wider congregation. The training helps places of worship to have well-qualified and trained, informed, and confident faith leaders who are better able to support the wider security needs of the institution.
As with the protective security training for places of worship, the personal protective training focuses on three elements: prevention, preparation and response. It includes:
- A general awareness of security needs in the institution.
- A general review of roles and responsibilities and how security can be embedded into the daily activities of faith leaders.
- A detailed understanding of prevention, preparation and response.
The training is open to all faith leaders: imams, priests, rabbis, pujaris, gurus and abbots, and lasts between 2-4 hours.