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Tampa Bay Area:

13777 Belcher Rd.
South Largo, FL 33771
Tel. (727) 461-9417

Orlando Tri-County Area:

6925 Lake Ellenor Drive, Suite 102B
Orlando, FL 32809
Tel. (407) 420-7945


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CIS School Protection Officer Training
An outline of the CIS School Protection Officer course.

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.

All CIS SPOs must complete 24-hours of CIS SPO classroom training and 10-hours of Active Shooter Response training, in addition to state-mandated license training (64-hours) and standard CIS SSG and ATO training requirements. Training is administered by CIS’ sister company, the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute.

Following is an outline of the four-day, 34-hour CIS School Protection Officer course.

Day One

CIS School Protection Officer Program (.5 Hours)
     •  Definition
     •  Missions
     •  Review of Training & Cert requirements
Introduction to the Threat  (2.5 Hours)
•  School Security Risk
     •  Adversaries
             •  Adversary Characteristics
     •  Threat Dynamics
             •  Timelines of Events
             •  Statistical Trends
     •  Case Studies
Principles of School Security   (.5 Hours)

     •  Protective Theory
     •  Countermeasures & Threats: Integrated Analysis
Laws & Liabilities   (2.5 Hours)
     •  Recap of FL statutes pursuant to security in schools
     •  Privacy of student records
     •  School Policies & Student Rights
CCBPI and School Security  (1.5 Hours)
     •  Adolescent Psychology
             •  Brain Development
             •  Defiance
             •  Dysfunctional Families
             •  Cultural Differences
             •  Special Education
     •  Youth Social Dynamics
             •  Peer Influences
             •  Informal leader & follower behavior
             •  Cliques, Gangs, etc.
     •  Communication Skills
     •  CCPBI and Schools
     •  General Threat Indicators
             •  Gang Affiliation
             •  Sexual Abuse

Day Two

Dynamics of Contemporary Drug Abuse    (1.5 Hours)
     •  Current Trends in Drug Abuse
     •  Drugs (Recognition, Effects, etc.)
     •  Drug Culture
     •  Drug Abuse Indicators
     •  Intervention
Threat Assessment   (3 Hours)
•  Threat Assessment Principles
             •  Escalation Cycle
             •  Warning Behaviors
             •  Risk Factors
             •  Stabilizing Factors
             •  Precipitating Events
             •  Threat Management Strategy
             •  Successful Interventions
     •  CIS Student Threat Assessment & Management System (C-STAMS)
             •  C-STAMS Process
     •  Threat Assessment Interviews
     •  C-STAMS Threat Classification
             •  Threat Categories
     •  Documentation & Reports
     •  Threat Management
Physical Security   (2 Hours)
     •  Physical Security Theory
     •  Threat Detection (& Alert Communication)
     •  Barriers
             •  Cover vs Concealment
             •  Ballistic Barriers
             •  Anti-Intrusion Barriers
     •  School Security Postures
             •  Access Control
     •  General Intruder Response
     •  Lockdown/Armed Intruder Response
     •  Case Study Analysis

Day Three

Emergency Response  (3 Hours)
     •  Bomb Threats
     •  Fire Evacuations
     •  Hostage Barricade
     •  Weather Emergencies
     •  Medical Emergencies
     •  Missing Student Situations
     •  Reunification
Tactical First Aid Training (3 Hours)
     •  Patient Assessment
     •  ABC
     •  Treatment of Trauma Wounds
     •  Burns
     •  Tactical Medical Response

Day Four

Active Shooter Response (10 Hours)
    •  Case Studies
     •  Psychology of Active Shooters
     •  Rapid Deployment Principles
     •  Hallway Tactics
     •  Room Clearing Tactics
     •  Crowds
     •  Practical Exercises

All CIS SPOs must complete practical skill evaluations and the SPO written exam with an 80% or better score.

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

CIS officers not only come in and assist us, but they're committed to the community. I never encounted that before.
– Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Tampa Bay Area: 13777 Belcher Road South, Largo, FL 33771 USA
Tel. (727) 461-9417 Toll-free: (800) 247-6055 Hillsborough: (813) 910-4247 Fax (727) 449-1269

Orlando Tri-County Area: 6925 Lake Ellenor Drive, Suite 102B, Orlando, FL 32809 USA
Tel. (407) 420-7945

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

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