Schools and churches labeled as ‘soft targets’ receive protection and safety classes
March 22, 2018
After the school shooting in Florida and the church shooting in Texas that resulted in the deaths of 43 individuals, “soft targets” such as schools and churches are receiving protection and safety classes to be more prepared in case of an emergency.
Desert Sun Community Church in Tucson is one example. They hired Landmark Protection to educate church-goers on what to do to stay safe. With a membership of about 300, many have expressed their frustration and sadness at the idea of someone coming into a church with the intent to hurt people.
“I pick seats in the back where I can see the door,” Duane Enos, a police officer who attends Desert Sun, says. “As a police officer, I never really carried as much off duty. It’s become more and more common now that I carry off duty.”
Owner of Landmark Protection Mike Wright says he’s met people who have stopped going to church because they are afraid of violence. He says since the Sutherland Springs shooting, more churches have been requesting their services.
“The goal of anybody who is there and prepared for armed force is to never have the need to do it,” Wright says. “People who perpetrate evil never just copy the last one, they studied it up over the last ten years. We try to bring in all of that and help teach them the principles that will protect them from the next headline.”
ICSAVE – Integrative Community Solutions to Active Violence Events – is another service that teaches the public how to be immediate responders. There are moments in emergencies where there may be delay before trained first responders can get to the injured. The bleeding control program teaches the public some of the medical skills necessary in order to stop bleeding.
“Our utmost concern is student and staff safety,” Principal of Tanque Verde Elementary School Kim Hubbard says. “As we watch events that happen across our country, we just want to make sure we are as well-prepared as we possibly could be. We are a campus of about 600 students, K through 6. We have partnered with ICSAVE, and they are providing the bleeding control training for all of our teachers.”