Protecting Houses of Worship

Whitepaper Protecting Houses of WorshipProtecting Houses of Worship  — A Growing Policing Challenge 

Houses of worship and religious facilities are classic soft targets, which makes them susceptible to intimidation and acts of violence. These are locations where people gather at regular specified times in spaces with minimal security. They provide access to anyone who wishes to enter. This environment makes churches, synagogues, and mosques particularly vulnerable to attack.

This whitepaper reviews:

  • Why houses of worship are targeted
  • Recent incidents
  • Rise of hate groups
  • Creative proactive approaches by law enforcement around the country