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Threats to Houses of Worship and Faith Based Events Topic of Training

  • February 15, 2018

February 13, ADL Heartland was pleased to assist in convening Jewish community institutions for a discussion on current security threats, assessing those threats, structural approaches, membership education and law enforcement liaisons.

The North County Police Cooperative together with the Missouri State Highway Patrol – Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) presented Threats to Worship:  A Risk Assessment for Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Events. 

The information was presented by Captain David Hall, MIAC Director.  He shared background on the overall threat environment for faith-based organizations, current vulnerabilities, examples of specific threats, cyber threats and prevention, creating plans for encountering and addressing threats and mitigation techniques.  This is one of a series of programs that MIAC will present for Houses of Worship in Missouri, and is part of continuing learning ADL convenes on security for Jewish institutions and agencies in the region. Attendees were agency staff responsible for event planning and program implementation, synagogue executive/education directors, building staff and volunteer leaders interested in security matters. 

20 attendees represented 13 institutions and were joined by law enforcement personnel from Clayton, Olivette, Creve Coeur, University City, Chesterfield and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Olivette Police Department hosted.  For more information contact Karen Aroesty at karoesty@adl.org.