All the following is to be heavily documented for CYA:
- “When necessary, communicate your suspicions to the safety team as quickly as possible.
- “Never hesitate to contact law enforcement if you have suspicions.
- “Part of your training should focus on individuals capable of identifying the signs of any potential threat and suspicious behavior such as:
- Anti-social tendencies
- Strange attire
- Body language
- Confused look
- “During Mass or large gatherings at your parish, conduct a minimum of one walk-around of the parking areas and exterior of building(s). Look for people inside vehicles as you may need to approach them to inquire their purpose on the property. If uncomfortable in doing so, never place yourself in harm’s way and never hesitate to contact law enforcement to be on the safe side of your decision making.”
MY COMMENT: It is this kind of fear, an unreasonable paranoia really, which risks getting you killed, for two reasons:
- You’ll be pegged as the boy who cried wolf and no one will help when there’s a real emergency:
- If you communicate suspicions to a security team such as “there’s a guy who’s got a confused look” they’re going to get tired of you right quick and will quit being on on the security team.
- If you communicate suspicions to law enforcement, you know, calling 911, stating the location of the emergency, at a church, it is already at that point that all law available law enforcement in the region are going to risk their lives in speeding crazily to the church even before they hear the rest of the story, that it’s just a guy with a confused look, but even when they hear that, someone is still going to be dispatched, but everyone else will show up because of that. Really. But do that a couple more times and you’ll be fined and/or put in jail for wasting resources. And then no one’s going to come after that.
- If you bother someone in a car in a parking lot around in WNC, you might be asking for trouble that you don’t want, someone who didn’t want someone accosting them in their car when they were just checking their phone, whatever. This is extremely imprudent, dangerous. Don’t do this.
This is PART 3 of a series.