Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management Taps Chaplain at Norfolk FBI InfraGard and 30 Year Security Veteran to Head Newly Established Eastern Virginia Roundtable

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) has announced the establishment of the Eastern Virginia Church Safety Roundtable based out of the Norfolk, Virginia area. ICSARM continues to grow nationally and is excited to announce their newest addition to their Church Safety Roundtable program.

Tupelo, MS, March 14, 2010 --( Bob Chauncey has been selected to serve as chapter president for ICSARM's newly established Eastern Virginia Church Safety Roundtable. Mr. Chauncey is the owner of Asset Safety Equipment and Church Security Institute, both based out of the Norfolk, Virginia area. He also serves as a Deputy Sheriff, Commercial Security Consultant, Police Chaplain and sells safety and security equipment to police, fire, and EMS departments. Bob also volunteers C.E.R.T., Community Emergency Response Team, and Critical Incident Stress Manager.

A highly skilled security expert with over 30 years experience in the security industry, Chauncey brings to the ICSARM church safety roundtable program a wealth of experience. “We are extremely grateful for the willingness of Bob to serve as Chapter President for our Eastern Virginia Church Safety Roundtable and provide assistance and direction as we seek to meet the risk management needs of churches throughout Virginia,” said ICSARM’s Executive Director Michael Boutot. “Bob’s level of expertise in security is unmatched in the industry” continues Boutot, “and we are simply delighted to have such a servant for our Church Safety Roundtable in Virginia.” Bob also serves on the ICSARM advisory board.

A former officer of Tidewater ASIS Chapter local and several local and national security organizations, and current Board Member and Chaplain at Norfolk FBI InfraGard and VA Crime Clinic Chapters, Mr. Chauncey has a passion for providing safety and security. He built up a force of 150+ doing all forms of law enforcement and security including K-9, investigations and uniformed patrol of over 10,000 apartment units, public schools, a University, city parks, a hospital, shopping centers, industrial and government buildings and projects, with consulting, alarm, monitoring, CCTV and access control system sales and service. He also is still serving on the VBPD Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Bob attended Frederick College in Portsmouth, VA majoring in Psychology. In 1980 Bob was certified by exam from ASIS as a Certified Protection Professional. He also attended the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, MA and was certified in Security Management. Bob also attended John Jay College in New York, NY and studied Security Management, in addition to a number of Criminal Justice and private security courses. In 2008-09 he attended the Savior Protection Church Security Seminars.

"As a former police officer and current Sheriff's Deputy and Chaplain, I realize there has always been a need to help churches and ministry see and understand their need to be prepared for a future disaster, attack or emergency, either natural or man-made” states Mr. Chauncey. “Too many do not know where to turn and even some public resources do not have the experience or certifications that could help on an individual basis and better prepare for these situations.” He goes on to state “I believe that the Institute for Church Safety & Risk Management will be a tremendous help in this area and will give local churches a real resource to help them in this preparation for a future emergency and as such I am delighted to be part of the church safety roundtable program.”

Bob is a member and attends First Baptist Church Norfolk, which also commissioned and licensed him as a Chaplain when he submitted for the Police Chaplain Academy. He served on the FBCN Facilities Committee as their Safety Security member. Bob also serves as a member of Baptist Disaster Relief and Response for the Southern Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.

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.

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