August 8, 2012 | Issue #30
Calendar of Events
08/04/2012 Coast Guard Day
08/19/2012 World Humanitarian Day
08/27/2012 - 08/30/2012 Republican National Convention
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:

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

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In This Issue...
Private Security Officer Receives First Fallen Hero Award
By: FASCO Board of Directors

A significant milestone in the effort to cultivate a fully synergistic relationship between private security and public law enforcement occurred on July 11, 2012 at the Florida Police Chiefs Associations 60th annual Summer Training Conference and Exposition held at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Critical Intervention Services Protection Officer Mathew Little, who was killed in the line of duty on May 16, 2011, was honored with the Fallen Hero Award by FPCA President Chief Paul Sireci. This event set new precedent as it marks the first instance of a private sector officer to receive this important honor. Until now, the Fallen Hero Award has only been bestowed on law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The award was given as part of the FPCAs Private Security Partnership Committee Awards which were established in 2011 as a means for the FPCA and the Private Security Partnership Committee to annually recognize public-private partnerships.

The inclusion of a fallen private security officer as a recipient of this high honor is representative of the strides which the private and public sectors have made over the years to overcome their conflicts and collaborate for the benefit of the common goal of public safety. Gone are the days of contention arising from separate missions and welcomed still more is the exchange of mere co-existence for an emerging collaborative relationship which will only serve the best interests of people and public safety. According to the FPCA, to be considered for the Fallen Hero Award the honored security officer must have died in the line of duty while performing authorized security functions for his employer or employer's client. When he lost his life to a spiteful bullet, Officer Little was indeed doing just that; patrolling a troubled community in St. Petersburg and protecting its residents.

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Republican National Convention 2012
By: Craig S. Gundry, CPS, CHS-III

On 27-30 August, Tampa will play host to the 2012 Republican National Convention. According to official estimates, as many as 5,000 convention attendees and an additional 5,000 news media personnel will attend the event and peripheral activities at the St. Petersburg Times Forum and Convention Center. Although most activities will focus around the official event site, there will be dozens of parties, banquets, and similar functions going on at hotels throughout the Tampa Bay area.  Obviously with an event such as this there are a number of issues of concern: potential for terrorist activity, traffic congestion, over population at local restaurants & businesses, etc. But perhaps of greatest concern from a security perspective is the legion of protesters expected to converge on downtown Tampa.

According to some estimates, as many as 15,000 (or more) protesters are expected to begin arriving in the Tampa area the week of 20-26 August. Most will be law abiding citizens here to make a peaceful political statement. However, as demonstrated by similar events in recent years, there will be a contingent present bent on violent intimidation and destruction of property as a means of drawing news media attention.

What you can expect that week:

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Active Shooter -- Information
By: Mark E. Puetz, MBA

With the horrific shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado the other week many of us have taken stock, once again. We have hung our heads in sadness. We have offered prayers to those who have lost loved ones. We have hugged our own loved ones a bit tighter and longer. And we have wondered how we might respond in such an incident were it to happen in our own place of business or somewhere we might be.

Below is the text of an e-mail distributed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on July 23, 2012 with some information you might find useful.

An active shooter is defined in the course as an individual "engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims."

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