The Miller Center for Community Protection & Resilience at Rutgers University will be hosting a webinar in response to the recent hostage situation at the synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, convening law enforcement, faith community, and national security experts to explore how faith-based organizations can harden their facilities and effectively train their communities to protect themselves while also retaining a welcoming and spiritual atmosphere.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 2 at 1 p.m. EST via Zoom. Learn more and register.

This unique two-part webinar series will deliver insights along with the latest promising and best practices from a multi-disciplinary team assembled from the nation’s foremost authorities in faith-based security.

The webinar will be presented to over 400 organizations in coordination with the National Sheriffs’ Association, Rutgers Center on Policing, Rutgers Center on Critical Intelligence Studies, CrimeStoppers USA, the National Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Network Contagion Research Institute. It is an outgrowth of the Miller Center’s work in faith communities in the United States and Europe, and the publication of its guide to houses of worship security. Read the Miller Center Guide, based on extensive student research and written by Senior Miller Center Research Fellow Dr. Ronald Clark.

The webinar will build on this expertise to educate the law enforcement and faith-based communities and the general public on best practices.  “Although the world’s great religions differ in their ultimate beliefs, they are also among the world’s most vulnerable populations and, as such, face common issues of safety and security,” said John J. Farmer, Jr., Director of the Miller Center.  “In our experience, those shared security concerns can form a bridge to understanding and compassion across the boundaries of belief.”

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ABOUT THE MILLER CENTER FOR COMMUNITY PROTECTION AND RESILIENCE The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience engages in education and public service focused on protecting vulnerable communities. The Eagleton affiliated center identifies and disseminates best practices, offers training workshops, consults on security and civil liberties, and undertakes research. ABOUT THE EAGLETON INSTITUTE OF POLITICS The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University—New Brunswick explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day—to—day practice. The Institute focuses attention on how the American political system works, how it changes, and how it might work better. To learn more about Eagleton programs and expertise, visit eagleton.rutgers.edu. ABOUT RUTGERS—NEW BRUNSWICK Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’s flagship is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It has an internationally acclaimed faculty, 12 degree—granting schools and the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse student body.
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