October 16, 2012 | Issue #32
Calendar of Events
10/08/2012 Columbus Day
10/24/2012 United Nations Day
10/31/2012 Halloween
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

See you there!
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In This Issue...
CIS Executive Featured as Anti-Terrorism Expert for WTSP Channel 10 (CBS)
Submitted by: Allison Cox, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Last month the Vice President of Special Projects for CIS, Craig Gundry, served as an anti-terrorist expert for WTSP, Tampa Bay's News Channel 10 (CBS). WTSP reached out to Gundry regarding the differences in security at United States embassies and consulates. Gundry invited WTSP to CIS's Largo-based headquarters and conducted the interview in the Operations Center. The piece was featured on the six o'clock broadcast the evening of Thursday, September 13th.

Please watch the story, including Craig Gundry's interview, to learn more about the inequalities in security at U.S. embassies and consulates, why Gundry believes the consulate attack in Libya was not carried out by protesters, and what Gundry says traveling Americans need to do to protect themselves while overseas.

Top Stories: Anti-Terrorism Expert Says Security at U.S. Embassies and Consulates Not Equal
Tips for a Safe Halloween
Submitted by: Major Hector Rodriguez, Commander of Uniformed Services

Fall is upon us! This means cooler weather, less humidity, and holidays, of course. While the holidays are a time of celebration, it is important to be aware of and practice safe habits.

With children walking the streets and approaching homes of neighbors for candy during the evening, Halloween is certainly no exception. Whether you're taking your little ones trick or treating, attending a party, or driving home from work, the Halloween Safety Guide has some great safety tips you should keep in mind. Below you will find the link to the Halloween Safety Guide, as well as a few of my favorites tips for trick or treating.

Halloween Safety Guide

Safety Tips for Trick or Treating:
  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If a group of kids is going, two or three adults should tag along.
  • Be sure to show your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks.
  • Have your child carry a flash light or glow sticks to help them see. Consider applying reflective tape to their costume and/or candy bag so drivers can see them easier.

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  • What about the Glass?
    Submitted by: Mark E. Puetz, MBA, Director of Risk Management and Professional Standards

    We have all heard the question about whether or not the glass is half full or half empty, usually telling us the optimist sees it as half full while the pessimist sees it as half empty. The question and answer are often presented as a lesson in how to check our own attitudes. Of course, some wag will always come up with a clever variation on the morality tale that is either just plain funny or perhaps even has us thinking about the original question very differently. For example, many of us have heard some alternative answers to the question about the glass.

    The engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    The cynic wonders who drank the other half.

    The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.

    The ineffective organization would discuss the question during the board of directors meeting, convene a committee to research the problem, and assign tasks for a root cause analysis, usually without a complete explanation of the problem to those assigned the tasks. The directors would consider the problem to be above the pay grade of those assigned root cause analysis tasks.

    What do you think? Is the glass half full or half empty, or ...? What does that say about how we really think about things?
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