October 5, 2010 | Issue #5
Calendar of Events
10/09/2010 Leif Erikson Day
10/11/2010 Columbus Day, Observed
10/24/2010 United Nations Day
10/31/2010 Halloween
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
Ashley Casey, Executive Assistant to KC Poulin
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Free S2 Weapons Training!
By Chief Mike O'Connor

I am very happy to announce that CIS is offering  Concealed Weapons Classes at the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute to our managers and their staff. 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 that we service.

CIS will be sponsoring Concealed Weapons classes at NO COST to you, our clients. I want to encourage all of you to take advantage of this opportunity in these somewhat challenging times, it is far better to be prepared and not need it, then to need it and not be prepared. Feel free to contact my assistant Kristyn, to set up your time in the class. Her email address is


Also, please feel free to visit the S2 website at


See you there!
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In This Issue...
  • Security Industry Supporter Needs Our Support.
  • Halloween is upon us!
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Why issue trespass warnings?
  • Security Industry Supporter Needs Our Support.
    By KC Poulin, President & CEO

    A strong supporter and an ally of the security industry, Marion Hammer, is asking us to help her raise money for the Woodland Hall Academy of Tallahassee.  Woodland Academy is a private, coed and nonsectarian school, serving children with learning disabilities, such as ADHD, dyslexia, etc.

    Marion Hammer, the current Executive Director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida and a former National Rifle Association (NRA) President, works as a registered lobbyist at the Florida Legislature and also works "pro bono for Woodland Hall Academy, which is a 501(3) organization. Woodland Hall has been a pet project for Hammer since her grandson was diagnosed with severe dyslexia years ago.  

    Marion Hammer has always been there for the security, private investigative, and asset recovery industries and continues to work to protect our interests and to ensure the freedom of the citizens of Florida to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.  It is because of her dedication and hard work that we (the industries regulated under FS 493) were able to keep a money-hungry legislature away from our trust fund monies.

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    Halloween is upon us!
    By Chief Mike O'Connor, VP of Protective Services

    Just a few short weeks from now our streets and communities will be filled with little ghouls and goblins. Odds are you may be planning a Halloween related event in your community. Should that be the case, wed like to encourage you to reach out to your Community Resource Officer (CRO) so that they may assist and participate in your event. Who knows, perhaps well have a few Junior CIS Officers out there this year!

    Halloween Safety Tips
    By Andrew Belich, Editor

    As Halloween is just around the corner, it's important to make sure the residents of your community have a safety plan for their children. Please feel free to share this information with your community. The following information has been complied from various safety resources.

  • Children should go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

  • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

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  • Why issue trespass warnings?
    By Major Mark E. Puetz, Dir. of Risk Management

    Our security officers routinely issue trespass warnings to individuals we encounter on our client properties who cannot demonstrate they have a legal or legitimate reason for being there. Sometimes law enforcement officers will ask us why we want to issue the trespass warning. "He isnt doing anything wrong," they might say. Every so often a property manager will ask that we not "harass" people on the property by making contact with them and confirming they belong. We certainly do not wish to make anyone unnecessarily uncomfortable, however there is a very important reason for the trespass warning. Given this, it is very important that they be issued to protect YOUR liability.

    The law recognizes you, as the property owner or manager, have a duty to care for all those who enter your property. That means, you are responsible for ensuring the property is reasonably safe. You are not expected to make it perfectly safe, just reasonably safe. You are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure that safety. What counts as reasonable versus what counts as unreasonable or negligent is well beyond the scope of this article. For now, lets just recognize that you are expected to take measures to keep the property safe.

    You owe the greatest duty of care to an invitee, someone you invited onto the property as a customer, resident, or other legitimate user of your property. Guests of invitees are another category to whom you owe a duty of care. You must maintain the property for them too. As odd as it sounds to most of us, you even have some responsibility to maintain the property in a safe condition for trespassers. One of the most powerful ways to minimize that particular liability exposure is to ensure trespass warnings are issued to those who have no legal or legitimate reason for being on your property. The trespass warning serves as their notice they are not supposed to be there. This offers you some protection should they hurt themselves or somehow become injured while on your property.

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