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Evening folks. I’m hoping to gather some thoughts from those of you who have experience with a church security team. 
We currently have one at my church but are looking to make some changes and/or improvements. 
I’d appreciate any and all feedback or tips that you’ve learned along the way but I do have a few pointed questions. 
 

•Do the individuals that serve on this team serve every service or is their some form of rotation?

• is there a required level of training either firearm or situational?

 

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9 hours ago, maroonandwhite said:

•Do the individuals that serve on this team serve every service or is their some form of rotation?

We use a rotation.  But most of us are mic'd up and carrying every service regardless.

 

9 hours ago, maroonandwhite said:

• is there a required level of training either firearm or situational?

Yes, we require both firearms qualification and situational training throughout the year.

 

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7 minutes ago, maroonandwhite said:

What method / equipment would you recommend for communication?

Business-band digital radio, if your church is willing to spend the money or has a donor who will front the small cost of the FCC license for you.  It's really not that expensive and it keeps your communications from being easily eavesdropped upon.  Business-band analog works also, but it's easy to find with a scanner and then be privy your team communications.

 

This site has put together a pretty good overview of it.

http://businessradiolicensing.com/applications/fee/

 

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2 minutes ago, TGO David said:

Business-band digital radio, if your church is willing to spend the money or has a donor who will front the small cost of the FCC license for you.  It's really not that expensive and it keeps your communications from being easily eavesdropped upon.  Business-band analog works also, but it's easy to find with a scanner and then be privy your team communications.

 

This site has put together a pretty good overview of it.

http://businessradiolicensing.com/applications/fee/

 

Awesome. What about hardware? I assume there are nicer solutions for earpieces and such to keep everything fairly low key and hidden. 

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Baofeng radios can generally be programmed to use analog.  I haven't tried them with digital yet.  With them you're talking about a radio that generally costs less than $100 per.

Yes, we use surveillance headsets like these.  This is the one I use, personally:  Klein Patriot K1.  You have to be careful to order the one that works with your radio's style of connector, though.

 

https://www.galls.com/photos/styles/AP644_500_1.JPG

 

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