- April 14, 2022
-- The new Arizona Jewish Security Initiative (AZJSI) was founded to provide an integrated, comprehensive approach to information sharing and best practices in providing Synagogues with cutting edge security. The information and training are invaluable and benefit the whole of the community. It is exclusively manned by volunteers and is practiced as its motto states, "for the people, by the people."
The founder of AZJSI (www.AZJSI.org)
is an unlikely one, as he and his team members are not former sworn law enforcement officers but are volunteers who are highly trained for their task at hand. Founder Ian Turner felt it was time to take further action and bring the community together to create an educational and training platform to take preventative actions before unexpected tragedy could occur. Without the proper training, what would the general public do in the event of an emergency? The new initiative includes helping citizens understand the threats they could potentially face. To help articulate this sensitive subject in an effective manner, Turner asked Bruce Whitney of ICSAVE (www.ICSAVE.org)
to run their ILIVED Program (Active Shooter), as well as their Stop the Bleed
training program to help civilians be able to protect themselves. It is imperative to "First Start with Why…" The ILIVED Program workshop clearly demonstrates that it is better to have proactive security teams at synagogues, thereby avoiding active shooter events.
Turner partnered with The Rebibo Center for Jewish Life, who hosted the full-day intensive workshop on their campus in central Phoenix on March 20th, 2022. The training was broken down into two sections. The first 2-hour session was a "Stop the Bleed" program led by SWAT Paramedics. "The "Bleeding Control" workshop is a comprehensive training program that teaches participants basic life-saving medical interventions.
"With all the tragedies that have occurred at Jewish synagogues over the last several years, I felt the Jewish community needed to do something about it," said Turner. "I have been involved in one way or another with operational security in the past with volunteering in police roles as well as service in the Israeli Defense Forces, but after the Pittsburg tragedy, I knew I had to do something about it. I wanted to take a more active involvement in helping in these situations,"
as Turner continued to express. Tuner's mission to spread awareness is only the beginning. The Initiative founder is also looking to raise money to bring members of his organization to advanced ongoing training that far exceeds law enforcement standards and secure Jewish Day Schools with highly trained armed guards.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to get involved, please contact Ian Turner at info@AZJSI.org.