June 8, 2011 | Issue #13
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06/01/2011 Hurricane Season Begins
06/08/2011 Shavou'ot / Pentecost
06/14/2011 Flag Day
06/19/2011 Father's Day
06/21/2011 First Day of Summer
06/24/2011 St. Baptiste Day
KC Poulin, President & CEO of CIS
Chief Mike O'Connor, VP of Protective Services
Maj. Mark Puetz, Dir. of Risk Management
Chris Jones, IT Manager
Andrew Belich, Editor of Client News Services
Amy O'Rourke, Director of Public Affairs
Josephine Mannino, Executive Assistant to KC Poulin
Rob McDaniels, Feature Writer
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Free S2 Weapons Training!
By Chief Mike O'Connor, VP of Protective Services

CIS is offering Concealed Weapons Classes at the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute. The S2 Institute was created so that CIS Officers could receive training at a level that would allow the Officers to be successful on the properties, which we service.

CIS will be sponsoring Concealed Weapons Classes at NO COST for up to three members of your management team and/or staff, including HOA board members. All of our clients are invited to attend the class at the reduced cost of $65.00. Classes take place the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 3pm.

If you are interested in attending, please email my assistant Kristyn, with your full name and the date, which you’d like to attend. Her email address is:

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In This Issue...
  • The Duty to Care
  • Points of Pride in the Face of Tragedy
  • The Duty to Care
    By Mark E Puetz

    A well-established tenet of premises liability is that the owner of a property owes a duty to care to all persons legitimately on the property. That is, you have a responsibility to keep your property reasonably safe and secure; safe from hazards and secure from crime. Exactly what counts as "reasonable" is open for debate, and most certainly will be debated in court after a major incident where someone was seriously injured or worse. A property located in a "nice neighborhood" with very little crime may not need as much in its security effort as one located in a "high crime area." Lower threat, less security needed.

    Knowing your duty to care, you have taken measures to enhance the security of your property. You have a fence around most of your property, but not all. Of the fencing you do have, one section at the back of your property has a hole large enough for a person to walk through. You have cameras, but they do not cover your entire property. Your cameras record, but they do not always work. You have a gate at the front of your property that requires a pass card or code to open. The gate works most of the time, but since you have no automated gate at all at the rear of your property, you just leave the rear gate open all the time. Are these measures reasonable? If your property is in a "high crime area," it is easy to point out the flaws and argue they are not. But what about these same measures in a "nice neighborhood" with a low crime rate?
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    Points of Pride in the Face of Tragedy
    By Mike O’Connor, Vice President of Protective Services and Amy O’Rourke, Director of Public Affairs

    Mathew Little’s Memorial Service, on Saturday, May 28th, was an emotion filled day. There was sadness, for the loss of someone so young in such a senseless way. There was sympathy, not only for Mathew’s family and his fiancé Suzi, but also for one another as we said good-bye to a brother in arms. For many, who have experienced a loss such as this in the military or law enforcement, it brought those feelings to the surface as well. There were many other emotions as well, but one that I think rose to the top for most in our agency, was a strong sense of pride.

    People react in many different ways in the face of a tragedy such as this. Part of what makes CIS so successful in the field is the support our officers show each other. CIS has never experienced anything like this. Watching all aspects of our agency come together to support one another is the pride that families have in their unity.

    The examples have been very easy to see. . .

  • The leadership of Hector Rodriguez in calling together a committee of CIS and Aegis folks to handle all the moving
    parts of the Memorial Service.
  • The CIS and Aegis folks who couldn’t do enough to help in all ways.
  • The officers who got together to create and purchase bracelets to remember Mathew.
  • A fleet of 45+ CIS patrol cars coming across the Sunshine Skyway, including law enforcement vehicles and other
    security agencies.
  • The CIS Honor Guard working in perfect precision with the St. Petersburg Police Honor Guard.
  • The CIS employees, uniformed and administrative, who came to the Memorial Service to show their support.
  • The processional of CIS cars escorting Mathew’s family into the park was a site many other security agencies, and
    law enforcement, certainly have never seen.
  • The strength, courage, and emotion, shown by Major Hector Rodriguez as he represented the voice of CIS to help
    others understand what Mathew’s passing really means to all of us.
  • The participation of past employees, other security agencies and law enforcement agencies, who understood this
    was a time to come together to honor one of our own, regardless of the uniform.
  • The camaraderie we shared at Finley’s as employees, and their families, shared social time together to not only remember Mathew, but to get to know each other a little better.

    We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the pride that was shown by those in attendance.

    Representatives from law enforcement departments, and other security agencies joined CIS at the Memorial Service. Our fallen brother was their fallen brother. There were no agency divisions, or private vs. public. We all lost a fellow officer and we were all joining together to pay our respects. Mathew’s family recognized this and commented on how touched they were by the show of support. The greatest gift that we could give them was to show that what Mathew did made a difference and will not be forgotten.
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