The Critical Difference™

CCBPI and the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program®. A powerful force for building and reinforcing positive school culture and climate.

The CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program was peer reviewed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a model for national best practices in May 2014.

CCBPI and the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program®

By utilizing the principles of CCBPI, CIS School Protection Officers identify problems, de-escalate situations, and reinforce positive school culture and climate (a critical part of preventing violence in schools).

CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program

In the early 1990’s, CIS pioneered the Community and Character Based Protection Initiative (CCBPI) as a strategy for long-term reduction of crime in communities and improvement of quality of life. Although CCBPI encompasses many elements depending on its application, at its core CCBPI involves actively developing networks of relationships between community members for the purpose of identifying and resolving problems and development of social capital. The same CCBPI methodology employed for 20 years in CIS protected residential and business communities is also used as an integral element of CIS Guardian SafeSchool Programs to facilitate several important functions:

  • Ensuring effective synthesis between CIS School Protection Officers and the school community
  • Identifying problem issues and de-escalating potential conflict
  • Promoting pro-social behavior through positive role model demonstration
  • Reinforcing positive school climate as a critical part of the CIS protection strategy for schools.

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Creating Effective Security While Reinforcing Positive School Culture and Climate

In 2014, the National Association of School Psychologists warned against the implementation of high profile security measures in schools owing to its potential detrimental effect on school climate. We strongly agree with this position. High profile security measures and haphazard implementation can easily damage school climate and have a negative psychological effect on students. As stated by K.C. Poulin, the CEO of CIS, “If you make an environment feel like a prison, don’t be surprised when the community members feel and act like inmates.”

The CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program and operating methodology is specifically engineered to create “invisible” layers of prevention and preparedness that are unnoticed by students. This low-profile approach is consistent in all aspects of the program, from procedural design to recommendations on physical security improvements. Owing to the CCBPI methodology and careful officer selection, the most visible element of the program (the CIS School Protection Officer) not only counters the negative effect of high profile security, but is also a powerful force for building and reinforcing positive school culture and climate.

For this reason, CIS SPOs are hand selected from the ranks of the CIS Uniformed Division as the best-of-the-best at interpersonal communications and networking. They are the CIS All-Stars of CCBPI!

For more information about the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program and optional solutions for protecting schools, please contact:

Craig Gundry, CPS, CHS-III
Vice President of Special Projects


CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program Links:

The CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program
(Main Page)

Risk Management and School Security

Physical Security and the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program

CIS School Protection Officers

School Protection Officer Training

CCBPI and the Guardian SafeSchool Program (School Culture & Climate)

CIS Emergency Communications for Schools

CIS Student Threat Assessment and Management System (C-STAMS)

CIS SPO Peer Review Report, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014 (PDF)

Recommendation for the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program, Shorecrest Preparatory School (PDF)

Download the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program brochure (PDF)



The training you are providing to the security personnel at Critical Intervention Services (CIS), military personnel and law enforcement professionals is unmatched by civilian readiness training for the war on terror.
– U.S. Special Operations Command

School Protection

...The quality of the SPOs' work in the Guardian Program at Shorecrest has made our school the envy of any administrator that has come to observe the program...I give my highest recommendation to the Guardian SafeSchool Program.
– Shorecrest Preparatory School

Community Solutions

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– Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

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