CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers are experienced CIS officers that have been specially selected and trained for the mission of providing protection of schools against criminal threats, including threats of targeted violence. CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers (SPOs) use the Community & Character Based Protection Initiative methodology as the basis for preventative interaction, detection of threat indicators, early threat intervention, and establishment of a safe school culture and climate. CIS SPOs also conduct day-to-day security and safety activities including access control, intruder identification, and traffic management.
During conventional emergencies, School Protection Officers aid in directing faculty and student response and perform special response tasks such as verification of evacuation (fires, bomb threats, etc.), bomb search, first aid during medical emergencies, etc. In the event of a hostile incident, the School Protection Officer provides rapid on-site response to evacuate and/or shelter students and tactically neutralize the imminent threat.
CIS is proud to be the only private security agency in the United States with a 3rd-party academic peer review of its school protection program. Click here to view the 2014 John Jay College of Criminal Justice report on the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program.
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer Mission Tasks
The following is a list of common mission tasks and responsibilities assigned to CIS SPOs.
NOTE: Specific tasks may vary from school deployment-to-school deployment based on client-specific priorities.
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer Candidate Selection Criteria
Following is a description of the pre-requisite criteria for selection of CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer candidates.
Preferential consideration among candidates may be given to personnel that meet the following criteria:
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer Training
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/ATO training requirements.
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer Certification Requirements
To be awarded certification as CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers, all candidates must complete the following requirements:
CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officer Procedural Directive and Supervision
To ensure that officer field performance is effective, standardized, and professional in conduct, all CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers operate under the direction of the CIS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual. In addition to the universal policy and procedure sections of the CIS SOP, the SP.1000 series of orders was promulgated in 2013 to provide specific direction to CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers on issues related to duties, chain of command, uniform standards, weapons, use of force, fraternization with students, equipment issues, and student-related privacy issues.
In addition to the CIS SOP manual, each CIS client site also has unique Post Orders that dictate procedures specific to the individual school in addition to procedures outlined by the CIS-generated school-specific Emergency Management Plan.
As defined by CIS SOP SP.3000, administration and operational supervision of CIS Guardian SafeSchool Protection Officers falls under the hierarchy of the CIS Uniformed Division Chain-of-Command. Each SPO unit (assigned by client school) has a designated supervisor (Sergeant or higher in rank) responsible for field-level supervision of the unit. The unit supervisor operates under direct guidance from the Office of the Chief of the Uniformed Division/Vice President of Protective Services.
Doctrine, training, and program-level procedural directives are issued from the Office of The Vice President of Special Projects.
To ensure that policies and procedures are implemented properly, the CIS Office of Risk Management and Professional Standards has responsibility for auditing SOP-compliance and authority for investigating violations of CIS SOP and professional conduct through the Internal Affairs Board.