Backpack Policies -We were asked recently about a church having a "Backpack" policy. This is a very controversial issue.  Best practices would dictate all backpacks, large packages (except from the church book store), briefcases, suitcases, etc. prevented from entering the main auditorium.  Absolutely no searching bags. It's a nightmare and it could artificially inflates a feeling of a "Secure Zone" which could be litigious in the worst circumstances. Security has to have the pastor's commitment to back you up. It also has to be implemented at all levels of guest services interface. Starting with the parkers, then to the greeter and finally to the ushers at the door. Watch this video to get you thinking-