December 6, 2011 | Issue #20
Calendar of Events
12/07/2011 Pearl Harbor Remeberance Day
12/20/2011 - 12/28/2011 Hanukkah
12/25/2011 Christmas
12/26/2011 - 01/01/2012 Kwanzaa
12/31/2011 New Year's Eve
Contributors
KC Poulin, President & CEO
Tim O'Rourke, Executive VP
Craig Gundry, VP of Special Projects
Chief Mike O'Connor, VP of Protective Services
Maj. Hector Rodriguez, Commander of Uniformed Services
Maj. Mark Puetz, Dir. of Risk Management
Robert Logan, Professional Standards Division
Allison Cox, Executive Assistant to KC Poulin
Chris Jones, IT Manager
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Free Concealed Weapons Training
By Chief Mike O'Connor, VP of Protective Services

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 we service.

CIS is pleased to sponsor our clients for FREE Concealed Weapons Classes at S2 for up to two members of your management team and/or staff. This includes HOA board members. Additional members of your team may attend the class at the reduced cost of $65.00. Classes generally take place the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 3pm at S2 locations in Largo, Tampa, and Orlando.

If you are interested in attending, please email my assistant Samantha, with your full name and the date, which you would like to attend. Her email address is:
barrons@cisworldservices.org

Also, please feel free to visit the S2 website at:
S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute

See you there!
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You may contact the Editor by email at:
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For all other inquiries, please visit our website at:
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In This Issue...
Holiday Safety
By Major Hector Rodriguez, CPO, EPS, ATO

I have been with the agency for close to nine years now and I would like to discuss some basic safety awareness rules that we should remember through the holiday season.

First, I am sure that most of us will be doing a lot of shopping. When shopping for your loved ones please remember and try to utilize the "buddy system". Criminals can easily hide amongst the crowd of shoppers looking for those of us shopping alone, purchasing high priced items, large amount of items, and are the most vulnerable to victimize. Criminals like the path of least resistance and if you are shopping with a friend, significant other, or family member, then they are less tempted to select you as a target as you have "help". Not only does this give you a second pair of eyes to look around while walking to and from your vehicle while shopping, but it also makes shopping a much more enjoyable experience!

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Target America
By Robert Logan CPO,ATO,EPS,PI

At the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is a new display from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). I took my family to MOSI to see this exhibit and found that it is a graphic display and brings true realism to what the drugs are doing to America. I also found that it is probably not for children under Middle School age. Once you enter the exhibit, you will find the exhibit to be fascinating, as soon as you enter is a scene of what is left of a car and the items that were in it, due to the driver being on drugs. You will also find the actual set ups of drug cabins from Afghanistan and South America. The display shows you the children working the poppy fields and the routes of how the money is turned into terrorism and when you turn the corner, there is ACTUAL pieces of one of the Twin Towers from 9/11 and behind it a piece of the Pentagon! The pictures show you meth labs and cook houses to all the different color pills and actual crime scene photos blown up very large. It is truly a learning center when it comes to the drugs and I would recommend that if you have teenagers or for even self education that you take the time to see this display. Target America is open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida through September 3, 2012. Of course, once you take your teenagers through this section you got to give them a reward which is the new Sky Trail Ropes Course, this course gives them their "Margin of Safety" when it comes to walking on ropes or steel beams as they are harnessed in. It was a great day for my family and wanted to make sure the CIS family doesn't miss out on this new exhibit.
The Reasonable Plan
By Mark E. Puetz

In our articles here over the last few months we have been exploring some simple ideas about how to develop a security plan. The more complex your property, the more complex your worries, the more comprehensive your planning will have to be. But the thought process can remain essentially the same. Identify possible risks, based on history and expectations. Prioritize possible risks, based on what is important to you and what is most costly. Now you can start to focus on those types of incidents that cause you the most grief.

No matter what the incident is, something happened before the incident; something happened during the incident; and something happened after the incident. Each of these "somethings" can affect the overall outcome of the incident from your perspective as the property owner or manager. Each of these "somethings" should be managed by you in some way. Let's consider the before, during, and after each in turn. Last month, we offered some thoughts about what to do before an incident. This month, some thoughts about what to do during an incident.

Efforts during an incident are largely focused on early identification and containment. You want to find out about the incident as quickly as possible, preferably right away. You certainly want to contain the incident and prevent it from causing any more damage, whether damage or injury at that moment or in creating unwanted exposures for you later.

Many tools and options exist to assist in notifying you of an incident as soon as possible. The most obvious are alarms; fire alarms, burglary alarms, motion detectors, et cetera. These can be augmented with camera systems. For example, you may have a secure area rigged to set off an alarm if a particular door is opened. Along with that alarm, you have cameras inside and outside the door so you can see immediately who entered. Security officers or designated personnel who patrol your property regularly, specifically checking key areas or looking for anything out of order further augment your notification system. Interestingly, most of us stop right there. Very few of us encourage our residents, employees, or others to get involved too. Providing them with a route to notify appropriate people of incidents (special phone number, call buttons, etc.) adds even more to the system.

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