At CIJA, the security of our community is our top priority. That’s why – through the National Community Security Program (NCSP) – we offer a range of free services to ensure that Jewish institutions, their staff, and members are protected. In addition to the preventative measures outlined below, CIJA, through the NCSP, is in continual contact with local, provincial, and federal law enforcement in order to identify and mitigate threats to our community as they evolve.
What is the National Community Security Program?
The NCSP, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of Canada, provides dedicated, responsive, and sustained security leadership and capacity, and serves as the national security representative of the organized Canadian Jewish Community.
Services offered by the National Community Security Program
A foundation security product of the NCSP training and engagement program that affords organizations with an assessment of needs by security subject matter experts to set the conditions for further enhancement, refinement, or implementation. It can either be conducted via a simple consultation, or by way of a detailed security audit of existing facilities, protocols, and procedures.
Once a school, synagogue or other community institution has undergone a security assessment, and the majority of security recommendations have been implemented, the CIJA Security team will conduct lockdown drills with participants to ensure all users of the facility are capable of implementing a lockdown quickly and efficiently. Staff will be trained in performing drills and encouraged to do so on a regular basis.
This session is designed to empower community organizations and staff members with the knowledge to identify security vulnerabilities, gaps, and needs. Participants will learn to develop appropriate security plans and protocols to mitigate threats to personnel and facilities.
CIJA offers tailored training sessions or workshops for staff and volunteers in the Jewish community who hold security-related responsibilities at their institutions. The training includes intruder simulations and methods of coordinating security within the institution, and in partnership with the broader Jewish community and law enforcement. Security personnel and volunteers will be trained on how to secure their specific buildings or facilities both on a day-to-day basis and during sensitive times or specific events, such as the High Holy Days.
An example of a tailored training session for security personnel is the Explosives Awareness Workshop. This session consists of theoretical and practical material designed to empower those responsible for the security of their organization with the skills to recognize and respond to threats posed by explosive devices.
Another example is the Situational Awareness: The Human Sensor workshop. This session is designed to provide individuals with the skills to effectively assist with security efforts. Participants will learn to recognize potential threats and acquire the means to effectively report them to security staff and law enforcement.
CIJA has extensive experience in government relations and, in particular, supporting Jewish organizations seeking federal assistance with their security needs. The NCSP team is available to assist organizations with completing the SIP grant documents and with obtaining some of the required background documentation and information.
Through ongoing communication with local, provincial, and federal law enforcement agencies, the NCSP Security team is able to identify, assess and mitigate the impact of potential threats to the Jewish community. CIJA proactively works to ensure that police remain mindful and up-to-date on trends and issues of concern.
Have you witnessed a hate crime or suspicious incident that may impact our community? Report it to CIJA so we can help. While respecting confidentiality at all times, we can liaise with police and other agencies to help ensure the incident is properly addressed. If you are reluctant to contact police directly and wish to protect your identity, we can do so on your behalf as a ‘Third Party Reporter.’ The information we collect allows the NCSP to study trends across the country. It is used to support the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism and hate crimes, with an aim to prevent future incidents.
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For more information or to request a security assessment of your facility, click here.