Chapter 30’s November Luncheon is on Thursday November 21 at Brio Tuscan Grille. Event details are listed on our event calendar.
The November speaker is Jim Howard. He will be talking on House of Worship Protection. Jim’s Bio is noted below:
Born and raised in Glen Rose, Texas Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and skill sets to the church safety and security industry, founding Trinity Security Allies in 2015 based on the needs of community churches. At age 18, Jim joined the Air Force Reserves later moving to the Norfolk Police Department at age 21. There he spent the next 26 years serving in a multitude of capacities including Vice and Narcotics Investigator, Crisis Negotiation Trainer and Supervisor, Y2K compliant Project Manager and working his last two years as a Patrol Sergeant. After leaving the Norfolk Police Department in 2001, Jim spent time doing worldwide security options analysis and executive protection at the World Bank in Washington D.C.
In late 2002, Jim brought his family to Florida where he spent the next four years working with a public safety software company which eventually led him back as a detective for the Belleair Police Department. Jim began working part time with the Belleair Police Department at the start of the ministry and left Belleair Police Department in January 2017. Jim currently serves as an auxiliary police officer with the Port Richey Police Department and an adjunct instructor for St. Pete College – instructing legal, crime scene to courtroom classes and lead firearms instructor.
Jim started working with churches in 2006 educating them on how to not be a soft target and is currently the safety consultant for Generations Christian Church in Trinity, FL. Jim currently holds the position of Executive Director of Trinity Security Allies, working with churches across the United States in training them on how to protect their congregation.
Trinity Security Allies provides education and safety training to houses of worship, faith-based schools and non-profits who cannot afford the high cost of a security consulting firm. Trinity Security Allies believes that every organization should have access to safety education and training regardless of their ability to pay. Imagine the lives that could be saved in the event of a tragic situation if safety education and training had been provided to all those involved. With domestic violence and mental health issues on the rise, it is best to have a plan in place, and not need it, to ensure the safety of those frequenting your house of worship or non-profit.
In 1970, when Jim was just age 16, Jim’s father stepped outside their church and killed the deacon that was helping his family because of domestic issues they were having; bringing the tragedy that happened those many years ago full circle in protecting our houses of worship.