Safety in Faith


SCHEDULE

8:00 AM     Registration & Breakfast

8:30 AM      Welcome 

9:00 AM  

Five Crucial Questions for Safety in Faith -Tina Rowe 

10:00 AM     Break 

10:15 AM    

Safe Parking: Your Questions  Answered - Rev. Susan Otey, Linda Barringer

11:15 AM     

Conflict Resolution and Faith Groups - Matjaz Bren

Noon           Lunch

1:00 PM     

Church Safety Team Training  Phil Niedringhaus

2:00 PM       Break

2:15          

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design  - Deputy Mark Bybee

3:00          Closing Remarks 

Parking Map for SIF

Print a SIF 2021 agenda here.

safetysummit_greenhostedThis FREE SUMMIT offers information and inspiration on safety and security for houses of worship. Join us on Thursday, September 23 from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden.

Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is included.

Registration is required to attend. RSVP by noon on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

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 day of learning and sharing.

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

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

FAQs:

Does it Cost to attend a Safety In Faith event?

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

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

No. This is a public event and open to anyone that has an interest in learning how to provide safety and security in a building-gathering setting.

What COVID precautions are you taking?

We will be following public health guidelines for indoor events. Currently, there are no restrictions in place, but we will be encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing. Breakfast items will be individually packaged, and lunch will be individual boxed lunches. The fairgrounds will follow their procedures for sanitation.

Will you be requiring proof of vaccination? No

Will you be requiring proof of a recent negative test? No 

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 day of learning and sharing.

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.