ADL offers security resources, trainings in wake of Charleston shooting

  • September 1, 2015



U.S. Attorney for the Colorado District John Walsh welcomes participants to the Aug. 18 security training for houses of worship held at Shorter AME Church in Denver.

In the days and weeks after the horrific shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Anti-Defamation League reached out to religious and communal institutions across the United States to offer security trainings and resources. In the past several weeks, the Mountain States Region has provided trainings and resources to more than three dozen religious and communal institutions and more than 150 individuals.


ADL Mountain States staff conducted several security trainings, including:


▪ An institutional security training in partnership with the Denver Police Department on July 21 for houses of worship and community organizations in the northwest Denver area.


▪ An institutional security training in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Shorter AME Church on Aug. 18 for representatives of dozens of houses of worship in the Denver-metropolitan area. More than 100 individuals attended and plans are underway for similar trainings in the Boulder and Parker areas.


▪ An institutional security training in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security on Aug. 25 for representatives of several area non-profit organizations and community groups.


Because of ADL’s commitment to and expertise in Jewish institutional security, ADL created resources for all faith communities on issues of safety and security. Those resources include:  Security Best Practices for Religious and Communal Institutions and Protecting Your Religious and Communal Institutions. All of the security and educational resources offered after the Charleston shooting can be accessed online.


For more information on security resources and trainings, contact Jeremy Shaver, Assistant Regional Director, at