Many church security personnel, both volunteer and paid, may be confronted with the possibility of using force on someone who is attempting to harm a member of the church. Use of force and self defense for those who choose to provide security for church is a confusing area wrought with potential liability. The security plans your church puts in place, and the prior prep work you do, can considerably lessen church liability, as well as protect the person who is confronted and uses defensive force for self protection, or to protect the safety and life of others.
In Part 1 of this six part series, Glen Evans, Church Security Alliance co-founder discusses how to limit use of force liability and steps you can take in advance to limit potential problems in the future. In providing security for church, your people must understand what is permissible as a civilian, how their role differs from a police officer, and the steps they need to take after an incident of force.