March 5, 2013 | Issue #37
Calendar of Events
03/10/2013 Daylight Saving Time Begins
03/17/2013 Saint Patrick's Day
03/20/2013 First Day of Spring
03/24/2013 Palm Sunday
03/26/2013 - 03/31/2013 Passover
03/29/2013 Good Friday
03/31/2013 Easter
Contributors
KC Poulin, President & CEO
Jeffrey Ezell, Vice President of Operations
Craig Gundry, Vice President of Special Projects
Chief Hector Rodriguez, Commander of Uniformed Services
Major Mark Puetz, Director of Risk Management
Adam Clarke, Director of Threat Management and Training
Allison Cox, Executive Assistant to KC Poulin
Chris Jones, IT Manager
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Free Concealed Weapons Training
By Chief Hector Rodriguez, Commander of Uniformed 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 through FREE Concealed Weapons Classes at S2 Institute 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 on Sundays throughout the month from 9am to 3pm at the Wyoming Antelope Club

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

Class dates and availability can be found at the S2 website, S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute, along with a list of required equipment needed for this class.

See you there!
Contact Us
You may contact the Editor by email at:
allison.cox@kkpsecuritygroup.com

Existing and future clients may contact the Chief's Office by email at:
rodrighb@cisworldservices.org

For all other inquiries, please visit our website at:
http://www.cisworldservices.org
In This Issue...
Demand for Private Security Services Rapidly Rising *
Sumbitted by: Elizabeth Greer, Esq.

You can expect to see a lot more uniformed security officers in the next three years. According to a new study conducted by the market research firm Freedonia Group, demand for private contracted security services - including systems integration, camera and alarm monitoring, security consulting and other security services - is significantly on the rise.  Projected to increase approximately 5.2% annually to $ 63.8 billion in 2016, the surge is driven by a few factors such as the heightened perceived risk of crime (including not only violent and property crimes, but white collar crimes and terrorism), the eventual rebound in residential and commercial construction and a gradually improving economy.    

There is also the growing concern that public safety officials are overburdened.  Relevant statistics have consistently supported the fact that private security professionals outnumber law enforcement by 2 to 1, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight, as studies suggest the law enforcement population is actually on the decline-- hence the skyrocketing demand for private security related services.  Security services that incorporate continuing technological developments will be most in demand because systems integrators are able to manage a wide variety of services when designing, upgrading or implementing security plans for clients.  

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Are Meetings are Necessary?
Submitted by: Mark E. Puetz, MBA

Last month I shared a few quotes critical of meetings. Reading those quotes on their own, one might come to the conclusion that I am not a fan of business meetings at all. While the quotes certainly may give that impression, it is not entirely true. Meetings have their place. A well-considered and well-managed meeting can be a very productive and positive business tool. If not well considered or well managed, though, the quotes from last month certainly may apply. The first challenge is to determine whether or not a meeting is necessary. I'll share some ideas about that in this month's article. Next month, I will explore how to effectively manage a meeting.

Meetings represent an opportunity cost, time and energy spent in the meeting instead of somewhere else. What would you, or your personnel, be doing if not in that meeting? Every minute spent in a meeting is a minute not spent somewhere else. Every unproductive minute spent in a meeting is a minute not spent somewhere else doing something productive. Imagine you pay your personnel an average salary that amounts to $15/hr. If you have ten people in a two-hour meeting, that is an average of $300 you spent for that meeting, and not on something else. Was that the best way to spend $300?

The answer, of course, depends on what you are trying to accomplish. A concept I believe many miss is that a meeting is a tool. Hopefully, it is one of several tools available. Before you reach into your business toolbox and grab the meeting tool, consider if that really is the best tool for the job. Are any other tools available that might accomplish the same goal better or at a lesser cost? If all you need to do is have key managers provide status updates, for example, could they do that through a brief sheet distributed to others? No meeting. No unproductive minutes spent not doing something productive. Even considering you might hold readers accountable to what is on the brief sheet, the reader can glean from it what he needs. The reader will not need to sit through two hours of updates when he only needs to be aware of, or act on, a portion of the news. If your same ten people spent an average of thirty minutes reading the brief sheet, you spent $75 to get the same information out. You are still spending the other $225 in pay, of course, but now those employees can spend their time doing something else that, hopefully, is more productive. Where would you rather spend that time and money?

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Staying Safe this St. Patrick's Day
Submitted by: Multiple Sources

Every year the middle of March brings a little bit of madness into everything - the NCAA tournament, spring break, even the return of the McDonalds Shamrock ShakeŽ - but the one March event anticipated by many Irish-Americans (and college students) is St. Patrick's Day.

For some, it serves as an annual reminder of their ancestors' origins, but for most, it's a celebration of all things green, often including parades, parties and the ubiquitous phrase, "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" slapped on countless seasonal novelty items.

In addition to-and often as a result of-the festivities, the reality is that drunk driving is a major concern on St. Patrick's Day, and state and local law enforcement agencies take this very seriously. With this year's holiday falling on a weekend, there is extra cause for concern. Extra DUI check points and roving police patrols are likely to be out all weekend looking for impaired drivers.

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