Policy and Procedure Development
We develop security policies that are tailored to the needs of your organization, working within the framework of laws or regulatory legislation to remove and significantly reduce the gaps that expose your organization to security vulnerabilities. Many organizations currently do not have adequate policies that cover, active shooter, bomb threats, workplace violence, suspicious and unattended items and business travel to foreign high risk countries.
Creating a lockdown policy starts by understanding the security culture of your building. What works for one location may not for another, especially if you are working with complexities of open door policies or open space areas? The congregations uncertainty on what to do in a lockdown situation is intensified if the churches safety and security team or volunteers do not know what to do or have no plan to follow. Having a simple documented lock down procedure supported by physical security could be the difference in keeping people alive during life threatening situations. Developing effective security procedures can be complex, time consuming and often overwhelming but with security consultants from diverse backgrounds of law enforcement, security management and physical security were are able to offer a multidisciplinary approach to review your current security policies.
Security Program Development
Creating and implementing a security program can be a daunting task, especially if you are a facilities or operations manager overseeing the safety and security at a place of worship with a large congregation or preschool. With so much to understand where should you start, and what should you do? We work with you to provide a holistic approach for the safety of your building when implementing a security program. We find the right approach, educate and assist you in getting from A to B using our experience in running small and large sized safety teams. We do not walk away when the task is complete, we can be there to support you going forward and help you through those bumps in the road along the way.
If you already have a program but are just seeking support or guidance to work better, we can provide you with an assessment of your existing security program to help identify then address any gaps in safety.
Our security audits can be used to drive change across your organization and strengthen your internal controls to alleviate problems. The primary function of our security audit is to assess how your organization and security policies are being implemented and identify the vulnerabilities that exist with the current process.
There can be numerous reasons for non-compliance; be this staff inefficiency, poor or inadequate training or inefficient policies. It can sometimes be that employees simply do not follow the rules. We can help you establish a testing program to remove future gaps and provide a way to correct a security function or procedure reducing the risk of policy failure. Our security audits can be used to strengthen your internal controls surrounding safety.
Threat and Vulnerability Assessments
Vulnerability assessments are essential to securing your organizations. We look at risks to your organization from the local national and global perspective to understand the risks facing your organization and provide ways to mitigate them. Our consultant’s backgrounds in intelligence, security, investigations and information analysts allow us to anticipate the new and emerging threats to your market place. We will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your organization by
- Understanding current exposure and review past security breaches to identify vulnerabilities
- Gathering data and information by talking with key personnel within your organization to gain an insight on policies, procedures and daily operations
- Identifying areas where your security program requires modification to improve best practice standards and report these by gap analysis summary
- Make recommendations and help you introduce measures to mitigate any areas of vulnerability
Social Media Monitoring
The importance of detecting potential threats to your people and facilities cannot be understated. In today’s digital age, would-be perpetrators of violence or disruption increasingly look to online social media channels to air their grievances, outline their aspirations or even lay out specific plans.
With deep expertise in social media monitoring and analysis, we can help educate your staff about the tools, insights and methodologies for identifying potential threats earlier in the process. Kingswood Security is also able to provide real-time, 24×7 social media monitoring for you, tailored to your specific people, facilities and concerns. Whether you need to increase your social listening capacity across mobile apps and online social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Periscope and Instagram, or you have specific concerns about particular websites or discussion forums, we can help you gain better visibility and capacity to make sense of potential concerns.
Travel Risk Assessments
We provide comprehensive risk assessments on foreign travel by church employees, volunteers and congregation members. Foreign ministry to the Middle East to serve Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS or supporting women in Nigeria freed from human trafficking at the hands of Boko Haram, or working alongside the International Justice Mission (IJM) all come with risks to missionaries who have travelled from U.S. churches to do God’s work. Questions that must be asked on missionary travel include; is the location safe? What is the political state of the country? Is the reason we are attending controversial in that country, will this cause conflict and have we provided appropriate travel advice and support? We identify the safety risks in sending someone from your church to carry out missionary work outside of the U.S or simply a vacation to a high risk country.