The Gatekeepers Program™ Texas | license #B15671

Gatekeeper Program – Security Liability and Your Church

In this litigious society we live in today; Liability is at the top of the concerns of all churches. Imagine the damage a single mistake could cost your church. If your security team should be responsible for the injury or death of an innocent person, were to be guilty of assault, false arrest or wrongful death.

There are few options when it comes to armed “Church Security Teams” in Texas.

  • Hire local law enforcement to provide security. Cost is $35 - $55 per hour. | Immediate liability falls on local government.
  • Hire a local contract security provider. Cost is $18 – 30 per hour. | Immediate liability falls on security provider commercial insurance
  • Have the church operate under a “Letter of Authority”. If volunteers, annual cost is about $1,000 per year plus cost of armed guard insurance. Can only use uniformed guards.| Immediate liability falls on the church and the church’s armed guard insurance.
  • Join the Gatekeeper Program . Cost is $4-$11 per hour. | Immediate liability falls on Gatekeepers and their armed guard insurance.
  • Designate Uninsured Volunteers – Cost is $0 if nothing bad happens. Millions if anything bad happens. Now legal under TX SB 2065 effective 9/1/2017.

Obviously the cheapest option is the last option. The question is, how much is the church willing to gamble that nothing goes wrong and the church is sued into oblivion. Will your church insurer continue to insure the church that has an armed security team?

In Texas, we favor – The Gatekeeper Program ™. Your trusted qualified volunteers are vetted, background checked by the F.B.I. , the only true national background check. Then trained in the same methods universally taught to law enforcement by Certified LE instructors.

Training - Your Selected individuals go through Texas state professional Commissioned Security Officer and additional Personal Protection Officer certification classes.

For more information on …Certification, Licensing, Serving, Liability Insurance call us –

THE SOLUTION: State Security Licensing

Texas security regulations provide several levels of security officers:

Non-Commissioned Security Officer - Level 2- A level two officer is an unarmed and uniformed security guard. This is the usual type of officer seen at malls and office building. The training is mostly in the understanding of the private security statutes and rules and the understanding of the principles of observe and report, detect and deter.

Commissioned Security Officer - Level 3- A level three officer in an armed (clearly visible/unconcealed) and uniformed security guard. Additional firearms and use of force training.

Personal Protection Officer - Level 4 - (bodyguard) A level four officer is an armed (concealed carry) and plain clothed officer assign to protect a person or persons. Additional training in defensive tactics and personal protection of a third party.

Gatekeepers Security Services™ (Gatekeepers) is a state licensed security company that licenses volunteer security personnel to dozens of churches all across Texas. As a part of our continued commitment to help provide security resources to churches, Gatekeepers has cleared a patch for churches to provide their own security with their own people.

THE PATH: Becoming a Gatekeeper

Upon acceptance into the program, Gatekeepers will train their candidates through our state licensed security school, the Christian Security Institute located in DFW area).

After training and certification, the candidates are licensed under Gatekeepers Security Services™ (a class B security services company) as Level 4 - Personal Protection Officers.

Gatekeepers then enters into a written contract with the church to provide those officers (your volunteers) to the church for the protection of the pastor, staff and congregants.

TRAINING COST AND TIME: (per person):

The objective is to gain a level 4 license and certification. This certification requires Level 2/3 and 4 training and certification.

  • Level 2 -3 training is $290 and the state required training is 40 hours- 4 days
  • Range time in Pilot Point, Texas - $20
  • Level 4 training is $200 and the state required training is 15 hours.
  • Level 4 licensing also required to take the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) which is a 2-3 hours physiological test which cost is approximately $80 from a licensed state certified doctor.
  • GSS - Badge - $30
  • ONSITE training available - Additional charges apply.
Total training cost - Approximately - $620 plus ammunition for the qualifying shoot.
  • State Licensing Cost: (per person)
  • Fingerprint fee - $50 + $10 for electronic processing
  • Level 3 license fee - $57 - (renewal required every 2 years) ($7 for Veteran)
  • Level 4 license fee - $57 - (renewal required every 2 years) ($7 for Veteran)
Total licensing fees: $174.00

TOTAL PER PERSON: $794.00

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:

In addition to the state required training each candidate is required to attend company provided additional free training at the Christian Security Institute™ in Frisco, Texas or on-site as required.

Cost to Church: The church is invoiced on a per hour rate when officers are "on duty", usually a few hours per week - usually $11.20 per hour per officer. Discounts are available for full time officers.

Conclusion:
The church has hired a state licensed security company to provide the security services the church needs. The church gets their trusted member who has been fully training, licensed and insured as their Gatekeepers for a minimal cost.

To speak with us about the bringing Gatekeepers to your church please call or email us.
Contact chuck@gatekeeperssecurity.com or (972) 712-8818 for more information.

Licensed by: #B15671
The Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security Bureau
Austin, TX