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The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management Taps Military Anti-Terrorism Expert to Head Newly Established Southern California Church Safety Roundtable

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) has announced the establishment of the Southern California Church Safety Roundtable based out of the greater Los Angeles area. ICSARM continues to grow nationally and is excited to announce their newest addition to their Church Safety Roundtable program.

Tupelo, MS, March 09, 2010 --( Ken Mitchell has been selected as the Chapter President for the Southern California Church Safety Roundtable. Ken brings his experience in the military as a Law Enforcement specialist and Hostage Rescue Anti-Terrorism Expert to ICSARM. He has served his country in support of Desert Storm and been assigned to many dignitary protection teams throughout his career in the United States Air Force. As a member of the Air Force elite team for Hostage Rescue/Anti-Terrorism, he learned how to suppress and terminate aggression by enemy forces.

Ken also brings to ICSARM experience as a Patrol Sergeant and SWAT Team member. His experience patrolling rural and suburban areas gives him the "street smarts" he needs to oversee asset protection teams. Ken was voted Officer of the Year in 1998 by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and was a tactical response expert.

Following his patrol experience Ken was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank, stationed in Los Angeles, California. His experience there allowed him to protect the nation’s largest monetary assets, vital to the economic operation of the United States. His experience operating an enormous CCTV system, multiple entry controls, emergency response, bomb detection and perimeter protection makes him an invaluable asset to the ICSARM team and roundtable program.

After 9/11/01, Ken transferred to the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Ontario International Airport as a Security Manager for the Transportation Security Administration. His duties again included asset protection, perimeter protection, bomb detection and critical incident response. Ken was tasked with the training and administration of more than 150 Security Screener's, responsible for the safety of the flying public.

Mr. Mitchell attended San Bernardino Valley College and San Antonio College majoring in Criminal Justice. He also attended Kaplan University where he received his certification in Terrorism and National Security Management.

Ken is married to Cynthia and they have 3 boys and 2 girls. Together they attend Crossroads Church in Corona California where Ken is involved in the men’s ministry, prayer breakfast and fund-raisers.

“I am excited to become an integral part of the Institute for Church Safety & Risk Management and their Church Safety Roundtable program” states Ken. “Unfortunately we have reached a point in our society that our places of worship have become targets of opportunity. It has been my calling and my hope to make our churches more aware of their surroundings, to realize that we cannot turn a blind eye and that we have an obligation to better protect our congregations. The key to our success will be unification, education and awareness” concludes Mitchell. “We are thrilled to have someone with Ken’s background and passion to be part of our roundtable program” states ICSARM’s founder and executive director, Michael Boutot. “Ken’s professional experience and military background are a perfect fit for our needs in southern California” concludes Boutot.

With over 600,000 ministers and over 400,000 churches reported in America and a growing concern over church safety and security, churches and church leaders are looking for opportunities to ensure they are providing a true safe environment for all their church members. The local Church Safety Roundtable provides membership for local churches as well as safety and security service providers to those local churches. Local meetings include discussion on best practices to what to select for proper insurance coverages to what security system is best for a particular church. In addition to providing education and training for local churches, the Church Safety Roundtable is also designed to evaluate service providers to local churches to make sure the best service provider is being selected by the local church and at the best rates.

About the Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM)

The mission of ICSARM is to promote the highest level of professional competence to churches and para-church organizations in the area of church risk management by providing programs of study, service, training, exchange of information and problem-solving discussions, leading to more effective and efficient utilization of church facilities and resources for the overall protection of the church building and her ministries, to include church staff, volunteers and members. Membership into ICSARM exists for churches and church personnel, Christian camps, non-profit groups, and service providers who provide services in the area of church safety, church security, church insurance, church financial safety & security, and/or church risk management. For more information, please visit


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