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Monday, October 17, 2016

National Institute of Justice Releases Safeguarding Houses of Worship App

The National Institute of Justice, with development assistance from the Justice Technology Information Center, has created an app that will help local law enforcement work with houses of worship to evaluate facilities and create plans for preventing attacks and prepare for other catastrophic events. If you're at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, stop by the JTIC booth to find out more.

To access this FREE app, public safety officials should send the following information to from your official agency email account:

Type Safeguarding Houses of Worship App, then provide:
  • Your name.
  • Your title.
  • The name of your agency.
  • How many copies of the app you need to distribute to your local houses of worship. One copy of the app is required for each device that will use it.
  • Your mailing and email address.
  • Which version (iOS or Android, and how many of each).
You will receive an email with an access code and instructions for downloading the Safeguarding Houses of Worship App. Staff from a house of worship wishing to access the app should contact a local law enforcement agency, and have the agency request the app. For any questions relating to getting or using the Safeguarding Houses of Worship App, please contact

JUSTNET has compiled a resource list for houses of worship to use in collaborating with community leaders and first responders. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates.

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