Providing Community Safety Through Training

In response to the growing number of attacks that target large-group settings around the world, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, along with JFC Security, LLC, is launching a unique and new training program called the Community Security Alliance (CSA). Designed by security and law enforcement experts, the CSA training is one of the first of its kind in the country.

“There’s a police officer stationed at our day schools and the Federation security team and local police patrolling our community, but they’re only one person,” said Jared Miller, Federation Board member and President of the Mandel JDS Board.  “CSA provides the staff at our local institutions the training to be as prepared as possible.”

CSA focuses on advanced situational awareness, raising the mindset of people who already work or volunteer at Jewish facilities. “This training will help us know what to do and how to protect ourselves and the children we care for,” said Linda Bensoussan, Director of Yabi Nursery and Child Care. “The security team is hands-on when it comes to protecting everyone and they demonstrate, on a daily basis, that everyone’s life is important – regardless of how big or small their institution is.”

The CSA classes are taught in stages, from initial core training to hands-on active shooter training. “The training these community members receive may seem rather intense, but it's necessary to help more adequately secure our community,” said Beachwood Police Chief Gary Haba. “The Federation’s Community Security Alliance is such an asset for our police department and other area departments. We will now have extra sets of trained eyes and ears looking out for, and protecting, the citizens of Greater Cleveland.”

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“CSA provides the staff at our local institutions the training to be as prepared as possible.”