Our History

The CIS Story

One of the most significant facts about our history is the very first one–CIS was founded by dedicated practitioners. In its earliest days, CIS was comprised of only a handful of protection specialists, all driven by a common sense of commitment and vision. And over the following decades, various opportunities arouse to challenge our capabilities and develop new solutions to the problems faced by our clients.

Following is an overview of our history and some of the unique events defining our reputation as a company.

1992

CIS is born

CIS was founded on 12 February 1992 with the vision of providing a level of security officer service unavailable in the market. This aim would result in establishing a level of standards, operational doctrine, and support infrastructure unmatched in the private security industry.
1992
1994-2
1993-1994

CIS pioneers a unique strategy for reclaiming and rehabilitating high crime communities

CIS was approached by a number of troubled apartment communities seeking a solution. These crime-ridden communities had previously tried it all (e.g., off-duty police, private security firms, etc.), but none provided any meaningful reduction in crime. CIS approached the situation with a new strategy aimed at removing criminal presence while proactively addressing physical disorders and networking with residents as a means of building social capital. The results were quickly apparent and CIS earned a reputation as the company to call when all other options had failed.
1993-1994
1996

International news media recognition accelerates company growth

As reputation for success in high crime communities began to spread, local news media coverage drew the attention of the Wall Street Journal. After assigning an embedded reporter to follow CIS officers in the field, the WSJ published a two-part feature article which propelled the company's name onto the international stage. In the following months, CIS would be featured by ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Spiegel Television, Courrier International, and numerous media outlets throughout the U.S.
1996
1996-1997

CIS launches the most advanced security patrol service in the U.S.

Responding to growing demand for a high-quality alternative to conventional security patrols, CIS turned its focus in 1996 to growing and developing its community patrol division. Some of the measures pioneered by CIS at this time included establishing a statewide radio network and a 24-hour operations center, GPS tracking, IT support infrastructure, daily activity reporting, mutual aid agreements, small geographic sectors, and more.

At the height of its operation, the CIS patrol division was composed of 76 vehicle units operating throughout the Tampa Bay and Orlando regions.
1996-1997
1998

CIS establishes the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute

CIS creates the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute to function as it's training arm. In the following decades, S2 would become the largest provider of security officer licensing instruction in the State of Florida and would develp an international reputation for the quality of its advanced-level courses. Since 1998, over 12,000 professionals have graduated S2 programs conducted worldwide.
1998
2003

CIS launches the Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) Program

In the wake of September 11th, CIS created the Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) division for the specialized mission of protecting domestic critical infrastructure. For over a decade, CIS ATOs provided round-the-clock protection for Tampa-area critical infrastructure. CIS Anti-Terrorism Officers were armed security personnel specially selected, trained, and supported by a special infrastructure designed to address the challenges of protecting facilities against terrorist attack.
2003
2004

CIS begins training and consulting on anti-terrorism and critical infrastructure protection for clients around the world

In the early 2000's, CIS was contracted by numerous organizations to aid in risk assessment and security design for protection against terrorist attack. Clients during this period included energy companies, chemical manufacturers, and organizations such as AIChE. In later years, our client base would expand to include hospitality companies, cruise lines, and diverse government ministries including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. DoD, European Commission, European Central Bank, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
2004
2005

CIS ATO program is endorsed by the U.S. GAO

After reviewing the CIS ATO program and its implementation in protecting energy facilities, inspectors from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) hailed the program as a "model for critical infrastructure protection."

The same year, the S2 Institute (our sister company) was recognized as the only private company endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide terrorism risk assessment training in the United States.
2005
CIS Public Safety Books
2005

Two criminal justice texbooks are published focusing on CIS public safety methodologies

CIS CEO K.C. Poulin and Prof. Charles Nemeth (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) published two academic books focusing on the unique community-based public safety strategies developed by CIS. Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach, published by Prentice Hall. The Prevention Agency: A Public Safety Model for High Crime Communities in the 21st Century, published by California University of Pennsylvania.
2005
2012

CIS launches the first Private-Sector Led Public Safety Program in the U.S.

CIS was awarded a contract by MetroWest in Orlando to create the first Private-Sector Led Public Safety Program in the United States based on the CIS model in a community of over 45,000 residents and businesses. Since its inception, the MetroWest program has earned national attention due to its documented success in reducing crime and improving community quality of life.
2012
2013

CIS launches the Guardian SafeSchool Program®

In response to the public need for an effective strategy for reducing the risk of school violence, Critical Intervention Services launched the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program® as a comprehensive and effective security program model for protecting students against violence. In the following years, dozens of independent schools and school districts around the nation adopted the Guardian SafeSchool Program.
2013
2014

The Guardian SafeSchool Program® is endorsed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Guardian SafeSchool Program® was peer reviewed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and hailed as a 'model for national best practices' in school security. The CIS Guardian SafeSchool officer program was also adopted in 2014 for training Newtown Public Schools' new armed security officer force in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
2014
2017

The CIS ATO training program becomes the basis for a professional certification

In 2017, the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP) launched the Certified Anti-Terrorism Officer (cATO) examination and certification program with a body-of-knowledge based on the training program developed by CIS.
2017
2019

CIS launches a unqiue risk assessment program for residential management companies

CIS is contracted by a major residential property management company to develop and manage an enterprise-wide risk assessment program to aid in reducing premises liability and improving the level of security and safety of its properties nationwide.
2019
2020

CIS sells the Uniformed Services Divison and directs focus exclusively on expert services

CIS sold the Uniformed Services Division to GardaWorld in early-2020 in order to focus exclusively on expert services and further developing the unique solutions which originally earned our fame.
2020

What Clients Say About CIS

Tampa Bay Area:
Tel. (727) 461-9417 Toll-free: (800) 247-6055 Hillsborough: (813) 910-4247 Fax (727) 449-1269

Orlando Tri-County Area:
Tel. (407) 420-7945

The staff of CIS is dedicated to providing each client with the finest quality of protective services available.

Our commitment and dedication to professional, ethical, and protocol conscious service is our trademark.

Preserving, projecting, and protecting our clients’ image and interests is our business.

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