ASIS launches Faith-Based Organization Security Committee

ASIS International announced last week that it will be bringing together a group of its members from various religious backgrounds to form the Faith-Based Organization Security Committee or FBOSC.

According to a statement released by the organization, the committee will assess the security risks faced by houses of worship, as well as other religious organizations and work to develop standards and guidelines to help prevent incidents before they occur.

“The Faith-Based Organization Security Committee is a result of incidents of violence and other crimes against houses of worship and faith-based organizations,” said Jeffrey Hawkins, executive director of the Christian Security Network, and head of the FBOSC in a prepared statement. “We want to have all faiths represented so we can effectively develop comprehensive guidelines, and tackle issues that all religions are facing now and in the future.”

Hawkins will unveil several of the committee’s strategies in a presentation at ASIS 2009 entitled, “Increasing Risks for Faith-Based Organizations.”