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    I was just on the website for Critical Intervention Services out of Florida. I went there, because it seems as though some people here have worked for them.

    Are they as squared away as they seem? I realize that most contract firms have loads of propaganda on their sites. I have read the sites of places I have worked and thought that they would actually be great places to work if only they were anything like they portrayed themselves!

    I would think with the training it seems CIS officers go through their pay would be consistent with LEO pay.

    I like the BDU outfits. There have been deputies on COPS lately from Florida that wear the green full BDU uniforms. It looks to be a lot more comfortable then regular hard uniforms there patrol counterparts wear.

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    Hank would be the one to ask but he may be a bit bias as that is his employer

    I personally, went down there and interviewed with them and even sat in on a day of orientation. I was quite impressed, every had a great attitude and their setup is great.

    Unfortunately my circumstances for living in the Tampa area really didn't make working for them an option at that time. I'm still kinda kicking myself for it.
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    • #3
      I saw they had a K-9 unit. I don't know of one contract agency in Minnesota that has a K-9. I would think that having a K-9 for anything other than explosives or maybe narcotics would be a huge liability generator.

      The police K-9 units up here can usually only bite in felony cases. Otherwise they are kept on lead. I would think that the application for them in a security setting would be a bit limited. Although they are nice for clearing large buildings on alarms.

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      • #4
        I know of a couple places that have them. I know the hospital in my home town in MI had one, although they are Act 330 or Security Police Officers.

        I also of heard of a couple other hospitals using them as well. Basically the way I understand it is that if they bite in the defense of life then it is a good bite. I'm still learning about it as I'm curious about it myself.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by CorpSec View Post
          I was just on the website for Critical Intervention Services out of Florida. I went there, because it seems as though some people here have worked for them.

          Are they as squared away as they seem? I realize that most contract firms have loads of propaganda on their sites. I have read the sites of places I have worked and thought that they would actually be great places to work if only they were anything like they portrayed themselves!

          I would think with the training it seems CIS officers go through their pay would be consistent with LEO pay.

          I like the BDU outfits. There have been deputies on COPS lately from Florida that wear the green full BDU uniforms. It looks to be a lot more comfortable then regular hard uniforms there patrol counterparts wear.
          Yes! We at CIS are as squared away as the website looks! Yes, What you see is what you get. However, it is not for everyone. As far as the pay being equal to LE. No, but it is better than other security outfits in the area. We have Anti-Terrorism Officers, STOP Officers, K9 Officers and yes, there is a lot of training. We are recognized by FEMA and have deployed with/for them. We are also recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. KC Poulin is a terrorism expert and he has been interviewed more times than I care to count. Yes, the vast majority of my officers wear BDUs, but some of us wear the Class "A"s and Class "B" uniforms. The green BDUs you are referring to are worn by many Deputy Sheriffs throughout the State of Florida. Mostly by the "Green Team" or the "SES" (Selective Enforcement Squad) and K9 units. It is a great place to work. I know, because I have worked for KC Poulin for the past 10 years. But, I am biased....

          Be safe,

          Hank
          " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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          • #6
            It is nice to have security outfits that are a credit to the field. They have been having quite a few COPS episodes lately with a female deputy from the green team. Looks likes a great area!

            What is the K-9 team used for? Is there much call for Anti Terrorism Officers down there?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CorpSec View Post
              It is nice to have security outfits that are a credit to the field. They have been having quite a few COPS episodes lately with a female deputy from the green team. Looks likes a great area!

              What is the K-9 team used for? Is there much call for Anti Terrorism Officers down there?
              With respect to the K9 units, we use them for community relations as well as Officer defense to include crowd control / riot situations on our properties. There have been a number of ocassions when our K9 units have assisted local LE. As Security Officers, we do not pursue however.

              Regarding our ATOs, we have the Port of Tampa nearby and local Utilities facilities. And they, like the rest of us (CIS) respond to hurricane/storm deployments. Not to mention vacation friendly area in the State.

              Be safe,

              Hank
              " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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              • #8
                Sounds like a good crew to work for then Hank?
                "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maelstrom View Post
                  Sounds like a good crew to work for then Hank?
                  Maelstrom....I couldn't see myself doing anything else.

                  Be safe,

                  Hank
                  " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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                  • #10
                    Yes, job satisfaction is as important as a decent wage IMHO
                    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Maelstrom View Post
                      Yes, job satisfaction is as important as a decent wage IMHO
                      You are absolutely right! I enjoy getting suited up and going to work. I have 130 officers that work under me. It is a challenge. I love challenges.
                      " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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                      • #12
                        A happy crew work together more efficiently and more importantly more effectively!
                        "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                        • #13
                          I have been to CIS website and like what I see, too bad I live on the complete opposite side of the US. The company I work for is much newer and smaller than CIS but does much of the same thing when it comes to multi-housing communities. We can clean up the worst properties in a matter of days to weeks, it's amazing. Too bad there aren't more companies with the effectiveness and professionalism as CIS.

                          Also what is your arrest policy when you don't have police present. thanks

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by locknid View Post
                            I have been to CIS website and like what I see, too bad I live on the complete opposite side of the US. The company I work for is much newer and smaller than CIS but does much of the same thing when it comes to multi-housing communities. We can clean up the worst properties in a matter of days to weeks, it's amazing. Too bad there aren't more companies with the effectiveness and professionalism as CIS.

                            Also what is your arrest policy when you don't have police present. thanks
                            No arrest powers than the average Joe! We are not LE. It is the philosophies and methodologies CIS has developed over the past 20 years. We are effective because of our systems, officers, supervisors and training the officer receives that make us successful.....Not to mention our relationship with local LE.

                            Be safe,

                            Hank
                            " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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                            • #15
                              Hank , does CIS allow you to make citizens arrests for both breach of peace and felonies or just felonies?
                              "Get yourself a shovel cause your in deep Sh*t"

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