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The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management Forms Strategic Alliance with National Churchwatch Group from the United Kingdom

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) is pleased to form a unique strategic alliance with the National Churchwatch out of the United Kingdom. With this alliance, ICSARM will serve as United States sponsor for National Churchwatch Coordinator Nick Tolson as he visits various locations in the United States.

Tupelo, MS, March 21, 2010 --( Nick Tolson is the UK’s leading expert in Personal Safety for Clergy and is the National Churchwatch Co-ordinator. He has advised many Dioceses and Churches about personal safety issues for their clergy and has advised the Home Office, the House of Lords and Heath & Safety Executive about Clergy Safety.

Appointed in April 2000 as the National Churchwatch Co-ordinator Nick runs more than 60 seminars a year in the United Kingdom for all Christian denominations on clergy safety and other church crime issues. He is a Suzy Lamplugh Trust Personal Safety tutor and has a degree in Adult Education Teaching.

In 2010 Nick became a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (FWCMT) and was awarded a research grant to travel to the United States of America to study how churches in the USA deal with Crime. The Institute for Church Safety is excited to serve as the US sponsor for this study and assist Nick with setting up appointments and accomodations while visiting the United States. He will spend time on the east coast in the New York City area as well as time in the mid-atlantic area to include Washington DC and Virginia. Nick will also spend time in the southeast, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and New Orleans. Nick will be visiting churches and locations in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio as well as Chicago in the midwest.

If you are in or near any of these locations (especially since he will do most of his travel by land) and would be interested in hosting Nick at your church, please contact Michael Boutot with ICSARM at (662) 322-6713 or via e-mail at Nick also prefers to stay in homes as opposed to hotels and if you are interested in providing lodging, please also let Michael Boutot know.

Mr. Tolson with be in the States from April 6 to May 20th. He will begin and end his trip in New York City. While his travel plans are somewhat flexible, following is a current draft of his itinerary:

April 6 – 11: New York City

April 12 – 16: Washington DC

April 17 – 24: travelling by motorbike from Washington to Orlando via New Orleans

April 25 - May 3: travelling around Florida visiting churches

May 4 – 9: Holiday break in Orlando

May 10 – 12: Chicago

May 12 – 13: Cincinnati, Ohio

May 14 – 16: Columbus, Ohio

May 16 – 19: Drive to New York

May 20 - Fly back to UK

“We are exited about Nick’s visit to the United States for the purpose of studying best practices regarding church safety and security in the United States” says ICSARMS founder and executive director Michael Boutot. “The UK has a rich history of some of the most beautiful churches in the worl and a rich history of eloquent preachers” adds Boutot, “unfortunatley, of the over 16,000 beautiful churches throughout the UK, over 70% are closed to their communities because they fear crime.”

In 2009 Nick was presented with the “Personal Safety Champion of the UK” award by the Suzy Lampugh Trust for his work in reducing violence against Churchworkers.

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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Michael Boutot
(662) 322.6713

About National Churchwatch

National Churchwatch came into being following a national conference in 1999. With the support of Ecclesiastical Insurance and four other insurance companies National Churchwatch began to offer seminars to churches and other religious organizations in April 2000 after the appointment of Nick Tolson as National Coordinator. Since this time National Churchwatch has run approx 60 seminars a year dealing with church security and the personal safety for church workers and clergy. They have advised the Home Office, the House of Lords, the Health & Safety Executive and many religious organizations since 2000.


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