More than 125 people attended Secure Community Network (SCN) Security Day training Sunday, Sept. 18 in Tarrant County.
During the day, community security training covering “Situational Awareness” and “Active Threat Mitigation” was offered at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth and Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville. The training also included a series of practical exercises.
In the evening, an SCN Law Enforcement Security Roundtable was held. Arlington Police Chief Al Jones, Colleyville Police Chief Mike Miller and Matt DeSarno, FBI special agent in charge of the Dallas Field Office, briefed attendees on the latest threats/trends/hate crime activity; shared how to report suspicious activity; and answered questions.
“To meet with and learn from our local and regional law enforcement leadership, not only helps community members understand the reporting and investigating process, but also creates a connection that makes it easier to report incidents or suspicious activity. This information, coupled with the training from SCN, provides practical knowledge that can keep us safer at our synagogues, but also at work, home and elsewhere,” said Barry Abels, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County executive director.
The training was funded by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Beth-El Congregation, Congregation Ahavath Sholom and Congregation Beth Israel.