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The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management Calls on Electronic Security Expert to Lead Newly Established Central Florida Church Safety Roundtable

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) has announced the establishment of the Central Florida Church Safety Roundtable based out of the Lakeland, Florida 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 --( Jon Petersen has been selected as the Chapter President for the Central Florida Church Safety Roundtable. Petersen has 16-years of experience as a manufacturer’s representative in the electronic security field and holds a Video Security Systems Designer rating with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies. Jon is a certified Physical Security Professional from the American Society for Industrial Security and has had experience as a Security Specialist with the United States Air Force.

Mr. Petersen is continuing his security education through courses with the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and in February 2010 completed the Organization Resilience course.

Jon is a member of Haven Baptist Church, where he is a volunteer greeter/security person, and small group leader. He has been married for 17-years and has lived in Winter Haven since 1999. He is also an active member of Civil Air Patrol.

“My current profession has taught me to look at security critically, and I’ve seen our churches as a soft target for crime, which needs to be hardened” states Jon. He continues, “My goal is to raise the awareness of local churches, concerning safety and security.” “I want to let the other churches, and Christian schools know about the trends so they can avoid being victims as well” concludes Petersen. “We are excited to have someone of Jon’s caliber and passion to head-up our roundtable program in central Florida” states ICSARM’s founder and executive director Michael Boutot. “Jon’s expertise in electronic security provides him with a unique background and makes him a great fit for leadership and training” 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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(662) 322.6713

Jon Petersen
(863) 221-4231

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