Faith-Based Venues Sector

Sector Overview

This is a sub-sector of the Commercial Facilities Sector and focuses on the protection of faith-based venues. In the United States, there are over 300,000 houses of worship. In fact, 85% of the US population affiliated with a church, synagogue, mosque or other religious entity, making this sub-sector a very large and important part of our community. Americans congregate in faith-based venues to worship, learn, play, and bond as a community. However, these public gatherings are vulnerable, and adversaries may perceive houses of worship as attractive targets where they can inflict mass casualties, cause substantial psychological impact, and draw extensive media coverage.

Mission

To empower members with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance the safety and security of their faith-based institutions through; the establishment and promotion of interfaith relationships, safety and security training and briefings, and the sharing of information and intelligence regarding threats to the faith-based community.