South Palm Beach County Jewish Community Security Initiative

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The sharp rise in hate crimes, anti-Semitic attacks, and rhetoric throughout the world, has left the Jewish community with grave concerns about individual and community safety. The increase in anti-Semitism has led us once again to reassess our needs and investment in security across our Jewish community. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, our synagogues and agencies are focused on a proactive approach that takes into account our institutions’ diverse interests and organizational missions. Together, we can foster a culture of empowerment, collaboration, and vigilance, ensuring that all Jewish organizations operate safely and securely.

Incident Reporting

It is a goal of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Community Security Initiative to identify and assess any potential threats to our community. It is extremely important to report incidents as soon as you witness them. Keep in mind, we are collecting all information that affects our community related to anti-Semitic behavior and acts. Please use this form to report all suspicious activity and anti-Semitic acts. This information will be reviewed and shared with appropriate local, state and federal law enforcement for action and resolution.

We are undertaking this effort in partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN). SCN is the national safety and security organization that works to implement best practice security programs on behalf of Jewish institutions and communities across the U.S.

If you SEE something, SAY something!

  • Suspicious activities, people and vehicles
  • Unusual events or incidents
  • Dangerous situations
  • Suspicious communications (text messages, phone calls, voicemail messages, emails, letters or packages, etc…)

PLEASE NOTE: Report true emergencies to police via 911 immediately.

TRAINING COURSES AND CONSULTATIONS

Situational Awareness

This training will identify and explain the levels of situational awareness through lecture as well as scenario-based learning. It will provide practical skillsets to enhance your situational awareness, allowing you to better protect yourselves, your organizations and your facilities. This training enables individuals to enhance their own safety and security against various situations, from active threats to everyday crime.

Countering an Active Threat Program

Our goal will be to educate our community on how to “Commit to Action” if faced with encountering an active threat. This program exposes you to national best practices that provide tangible instructive material to be utilized at work or in everyday life. The core objectives include:

  • Know the definition of an Active Threat
  • Know the difference between security and safety
  • Have a better understanding of Active Threat incidents
  • Identify and explain the three modes of action during an active shooter incident: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
  • Understand how to prepare for an active threat event
  • Know how to respond to law enforcement’s arrival
  • Understand the importance of additional training

Greeter/Usher Program Training

This program blends classroom presentation with practical exercises that provide the community volunteer with a baseline competency to function as a member of a greeter or usher team within their institution. You will learn to define the roles of both greeters and ushers in a synagogue or special event setting. The training covers the duties and responsibilities of a greeter/usher, to include:

  • Pre-event planning and coordination with the synagogue, team logistics, and information sharing and communication with local law enforcement
  • How to identify suspicious and potentially hostile individuals, as well as capture and document relevant information to assist law enforcement in preventing an incident from occurring
  • How to respond to disruptive individuals to mitigate potential harm to congregants, staff and visitors
  • How to respond to active threats targeting the synagogue and congregants through timely response tactics and by activating emergency procedures
  • Providing assistance to the facility in the event of an emergency, including triggering an immediate response by first responders.
  • Enhancing the security and safety of a facility, to enable congregants, staff, and visitors to feel safe during worship, celebrations, and other activities

Stop the Bleed (STB)

In an emergency, a person who is bleeding can die of blood loss within five minutes; knowing how to control bleeding can save your life or the life of someone near you. This course – appropriate for all audiences – offers training in basic bleeding control techniques such as direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application. This course is a part of the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign, initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the effort is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies as well as both man-made and natural disasters.

For questions and information, feel free to contact Community Security Director Alan Poland at alanp@bocafed.org or at 561-852-3362

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