CCL Shul Members provide professional services to Shuls, Yeshivas, Jewish schools, and religious organizations seeking to harden or enhance their current security posture in alignment with DHS, FEMA, and ASIS standards.
Services are provided by experts intimately familiar with the unique needs, objectives, and challenges involved in securing Jewish community institutions.
Many, if not all of these services can be funded by grant money through various programs, including the DHS Non-Profit Security Grant program.
Developing & Managing Shul Security Programs
The key to effectively protecting a religious institution is to identify and manage safety and security risks. Proactively addressing areas of risk is crucial for developing an effective Shul security program.
Our experts can develop and help you implement and manage your own institutional security program, which generally involves the following:
Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the institution and recommend processes and programs to mitigate risks
Conduct analysis of any existing programs or processes to identify gaps in risk controls.
Based on recommendations, develop, help implement, and support the management of the new Shul security program.
In developing your Shul security program, our consultants will generally include a review of:
Background & operation of the location(s)- environment and operational routines.
Existing security policies/procedures. If there are no existing policies and procedures, our consultants will be able to create them.
Emergency Operations Manual - policies and procedures. If there are no existing policies and procedures, our consultants will be able to write them.
Physical security- an evaluation of electronic systems, physical countermeasures, architectural and environmental factors.
Security personnel, management, and security awareness training.
Our highly experienced consultants will work with your organizational leadership to compare your practices with the most current best practices in securing houses of worship and other religious institutions according to DHS, FEMA & ASIS standards.
Some of our most frequently requested security consulting services include:
Security Vulnerability Assessments
A security vulnerability assessment can be requested a la carte, for those organizations that simply require a roadmap to guide them in the implementation of a successful security program. The assessment is based on the interrelationship of three key factors: personnel, procedural, and physical security measures.
Strategic and tactical recommendations resulting from the assessment are provided in a comprehensive, written form, addressing specific institutional vulnerabilities. Our consultants propose risk control solutions and can manage the implementation of those preventive solutions and programs identified by the assessment.
This service is ideal for organizations with decentralized, fragmented, or no security infrastructure. This report defines the structure of risk control, including a definition of recommended programs and processes to safeguard the institution.
Security Infrastructure Assessments
In most organizations, risk management and internal control activities are numerous and fragmented. This lack of alignment and coordination can result in overlaps or gaps in risk mitigation coverage. Through our security infrastructure assessment, our consultants can help companies identify and understand the misalignment's, challenges, and improvement opportunities in their risk and security frameworks. We conduct gap analysis using DHS, FEMA, and ASIS standards and best practices as the foundation to provide a clear definition of focus areas and efforts that help management drive incremental improvements that mitigate risk and enhance overall performance.
This service is ideal for organizations and institutions with existing programs in place that require validation of current processes. This process establishes any vulnerabilities through a gap analysis and recommends solutions based on DHS, FEMA, and ASIS best practices.
Synagogue Safety Officer Certification Program
CCL Shul Members has developed a rigorous vetting, training, and certification program for Shul safety team members. Our Synagogue Safety Officer (SSO) Program is in addition to the 16-hour class and certification required by The State of Illinois for a Concealed Carry License.
The SSO Program provides synagogue leadership with the opportunity to recommend a Shul member to be vetted for synagogue safety responsibilities. The vetting process is overseen by a licensed, independent professional background screening organization, and the training and certification process is overseen by state and nationally certified firearms instructors.
Non-Profit Security Grant Program Consulting & Support
Navigating the bureaucracy of applying for, receiving, and administering security grants from the federal government can be a daunting task. Our consultants, experienced in winning and administering grant funds for Jewish organizations, can guide you through the process or even do it for you. They can even help you secure multiple grant awards at the same location. We can also connect you with our contractors, with a proven track record and experience in the installation of critical security technology and equipment. You don't have to go it alone- we are here to support you and maximize your chances of success in securing federal grant funds to secure your facility.