Secure Community Network Releases New Guide to Security in Jewish Institutions

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The Secure Community Network (SCN) has released a new guide on using private security in Jewish institutions and plans to host a webinar in late April to discuss the findings.

The release of “Private security: dressing or real protection?” A Roadmap for Securing Sacred Spaces,” comes just two weeks after a private security guard from the
Columbus Torah Academy in Ohio was arrested for making threats against the school.

“At a time of rising anti-Semitism and given the ongoing threat of targeted violence to the Jewish community, this white paper provides a crucial resource to secure and protect our community members and organizations,” said SCN National Director and CEO Michael Masters. “The report reflects the insights of top law enforcement and security professionals and will help guide Jewish organizations in developing their security plans.”

The report noted several instances of private guards at Jewish institutions behaving badly, including:

  • A private security guard at a major Pennsylvania synagogue has been fired after smoking marijuana on the job.
  • A private security guard at a Jewish school in Florida was caught wearing a bracelet for the white supremacist group Proud Boys.
  • A private security guard was discovered posting anti-Semitic statements on social media while ostensibly monitoring a community event.

Brad Orsini, Senior National Security Advisor at SCN who contributed to the report, said: “Because there is no single security solution, the report instead provides structured questions that should be answered before putting implementation of private security services”.

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