Safety in Faith

Due to Covid restrictions: The Safety in Faith (SIF) 2021 event schedule is on hold. We will provide updates when available. 

If you would like to be added to updates by email, please send a request to safetyinfaith@co.jefferson.co.us.  (Updates will only be sent on as-needed basis to share information when it is available.)

safetysummit_greenhostedAugust 2019 Safety In Faith Summit

On August 22, 2019, over 300 faith leaders, administrators, volunteers, and security staff attended the 5th Annual Safety In Faith Summit at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Featured Presenters included:

  • Jamie Richards - CO DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Craig Cable - Church Safety and Security Director, Group Publishing
  • Special Agent Jonathan Grusing - FBI Denver Division
  • Joe Page - Golden Police

Expert Panelist Topics included:

  • How to build a safety team
  • How to identify suspicious people and respond to protesters
  • How to protect perimeters and respond when law enforcement arrives
  • How to provide crisis spiritual care

Partners: Arvada Fire-EMS Rescue; Arvada Police; Evergreen Fire/Rescue; First Judicial District Attorney's Office; Golden Police; Lakewood Police; West Metro Fire/Rescue; Westminster Police; Wheat Ridge Police

History of Safety In Faith

Following the tragic church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Sheriff Shrader realized the JCSO’s relationship with the faith community in unincorporated Jefferson County was not comparable to that of homeowners associations, schools, and businesses. Therefore, to improve the public safety partnership with local houses of worship – regardless of denomination – the “Safety in Faith” program was launched with a one-day training summit in August of 2015. Almost 300 faith leaders, administrators, and security team members attended the inaugural summit to hear how the faith community can address its unique safety challenges posed by the juxtaposition of welcoming anyone while keeping their place of worship safe for everyone.

Current Program

Since then, the summit is hosted annually by the JCSO, with support from the District Attorney's Office and partner public safety agencies including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge Police Departments; and Arvada, Evergreen, and West Metro Fire and Rescue. Many partner agencies offer safety and crime prevention tips at information tables during the summit, which have all been well attended and well-received.

In addition to the summit, the Safety in Faith program includes two evening workshops offered to the faith community each spring and fall. 

Safety in Faith Coalition

While the three annual trainings offer houses of worship a venue for general safety and security presentations, the Safety in Faith Coalition serves as a more immediate source of information for faith leaders by keeping them informed via email of suspicious activities and incidents that occur at houses of worship in Jefferson County and the Denver Metro area. By raising awareness of local incidents at the time of occurrence, our hope is to prevent the same or a similar incident at another religious institution. Additionally, the virtual coalition affords us the opportunity to strengthen our public safety partnership with the faith community continually rather than periodically.  

If you would like to be added to the Safety In Faith Coalition email updates, please submit a request to the SIF Coalition Coordinator at safetyinfaith@co.jefferson.co.us.

Does it Cost to attend a Safety In Faith event?

This a NO COST safety and security training for houses of worship.

We hope you will consider attending as well as inviting administrators, safety team members, and interested volunteers from your house of worship to join us for a great evening of learning and sharing.

If you have questions about SIF training, please contact our Community Relations Manager, Renie Dugwyler, at rdugwyler@jeffco.us or 303-271-5828.

Do I have to belong to a faith-based organization to attend?

No. Over the past year, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on everyone's mental well-being, including our leadership and those we serve, and this training addresses those concerns. That said, this is a public event and open to anyone that has an interest in learning how to ease the stress with practical tools for mitigating anxiety in ourselves and those we lead.