To better protect the 15,000 members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools, and other facilities in Charleston and Columbia, the Charleston Jewish Federation and the Columbia Jewish Federation have partnered with Secure Community Network (SCN) to manage security programs in our communities.
Whichever Jewish organizations our community members visit, they should be secure in the knowledge that best practices are in place for all potentialities: fire, medical emergency, weather, and worst-case scenarios, such as violent attacks. Our partnership aims to provide educational and support services, as well as create a network among institutions to ensure best practices when it comes to security at what SCN refers to as "Centers of Jewish Life."
The team consists of a Regional Security Advisor (RSA), supported by Charleston and Columbia Jewish Federation leadership, a vast network of talented employees, and the community-at-large. The Charleston Jewish Federation and Columbia Jewish Federation joint safety and security initiative brings more than 25 years of law enforcement and security expertise to meet the needs of the Jewish community.
It is our goal to identify and assess any potential threats to our community. It is important to report incidents as soon as you witness them. Keep in mind we are collecting all information that affects our community. Please use this form to report all suspicious activity and antisemitic acts. This information will be reviewed and shared with the appropriate local, state, and federal law enforcement for action and resolution.
Emergencies should be reported to police via 911 immediately.
Prior to joining SCN as the Regional Security Advisor in 2021, Jason Roebuck served in the Long Branch Police Department in New Jersey for 26 years, ending his career as the Chief of Police in 2021. He was also the tactical commander for the Monmouth County NJ SWAT team, supervising field operations for high-risk incidents and emergency management situations. While Chief, he chaired the School Safety Committee, Active Shooter Response Committee and Firearms/Use of Force Committee for the Monmouth County Chief’s Association and has been a long-time trainer in those and other disciplines.
Benefits of the Community Security Program
Security Advice and Consultation
SCN meets with the organization’s leadership to identify needs and to develop a roadmap towards building a strong safety and security posture and culture.
Safety and Security Training
Classes in situational awareness, active threat response, and Greeter-Usher practices, customized to the needs of each organization, build personal confidence, preparedness, and resilience in the face of a crisis or emergency.
Nationally, SCN maintains a Duty Desk with on call analysts available to the Jewish community leaders and government partners.
Threat, Vulnerability, & Risk Assessments (TVRA)
Provide a physical audit, review of policies & procedures, observations, options for consideration and security recommendations.
SCN Alert Mass Notification System
Access to the SCN Alert Mass Notification System, which notifies facilities of threats in the area in real time.
Security Grant Consultation & Support Guidance
Resources and support for federal and state grant programs.