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National Association Of Private Officers Membership Drive!! http://www.privateofficer.com
Atlanta GA. June 18 2008
The National Association Of Private Officers, a professional association of private security officers, law enforcement, public safety personnel and supporters of law and order, is currently on a massive membership drive! WE NEED YOU!
The N.A.P.O. yearly dues are just $45.00 and as a member you get so many benefits!
As a member of the N.A.P.O. you will enjoy numerous benefits including a 10% discount on all items purchased at the Private Officer three on line stores, 10% discount on all training offered through the association, voting rights in the annual Officer of the Year Award ceremony, Officer Award Banquet, life insurance discounts, and a discount when you use AVIS or HERTZ car rental services!
As a member of the association you will also get a membership wall certificate, a member’s ID card for your wallet, and access to the entire network of training, tools, information and business opportunities and more benefits are being added!
The National Association of Private Officers is on the move and we have just added a new radio station in Atlanta, also available as an on line radio station, and we are working on launching an on demand video training library which will be available in late 2008 on our newly updated website, and we are also scheduling numerous national training seminars across the country!
The National Association Of Private Officers is also working on the brand new PRIVATE OFFICER monthly magazine expected to debut in late 2008 or early 2009!!
Where Does Our Dues Money Go?
N.A.P.O. has just applied for non-profit, 501-3-C status and all funds from membership are used to enhance training and also to support our 411 Tip program. This program offers a reward whenever a private security officer has been killed in the line of duty.
In June, a security officer was killed during a burglary in Augusta Georgia and N.A.P.O. offered a $2500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Those funds came from donations from our management team because funds were not available yet from N.A.P.O. to support such a substantial offer.
We will also be using membership dues to support our efforts in helping security officers who are injured in the line of duty.
N.A.P.O. is the only private security officer association in the world designed for the front line security officer!
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Mandalay Bay casino security officers say no to union http://www.privateofficer.com
Las Vegas Sun
By Michael Mishak
Las Vegas NV. June 18 2008
With a good dose of election drama — including a ballot box being taken into a bathroom — a union seeking to organize Las Vegas security guards has lost its flagship campaign at Mandalay Bay.
By a 123-110 vote, guards Friday rejected the International Union of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America.
The union’s lead organizer, Steve Maritas, said he will file objections with the federal labor board alleging the ballot box was not properly sealed. He also complained that when the lone labor board agent conducting the election needed a bathroom break, he suspended voting for five minutes and took the ballot box and blank ballots with him to the bathroom.
“We were robbed, man,” Maritas said.
The union says it is not accusing MGM Mirage, owner of Mandalay Bay, nor the National Labor Relations Board of tampering with the results. Maritas is seeking a rerun of the election though, claiming the atmosphere did not meet the “free and fair” standards established by the board.
A labor board official declined comment because the union has not filed charges.
MGM Mirage called the election fair and square.
“We are gratified that our employees agree with us that direct communication is the best way to foster our relationship,” Mandalay Bay President Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement. “We appreciate the vote of confidence and will work hard to build and maintain a spirit of trust and responsiveness with our employees.”
The loss represents a significant setback for the union, which hoped to send a message to casinos up and down the Strip by organizing the property with the largest security force. Its first attempt, at the Luxor, stalled in April because the union, unsure it had enough support, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the federal labor board, alleging management had threatened to withhold scheduled pay raises and other benefits if workers voted for the union.
The claims were in part a ploy to delay the election, Maritas admits.
Maritas was more confident he had the support of guards at Mandalay Bay.
“When you have been doing this as long as I have, you know your numbers,” said Maritas, an organizer with 30 years in the labor movement. “We were solid.”
Or so he thought.
After the voting, Maritas complained that the ballot box hadn’t been properly sealed, allowing deposited ballots to fall out. More egregious, he said, was that the labor board agent in charge of administering the election took the ballot box and blank ballots with him into the bathroom. The agent should have sealed the box and secured it in a locked room, Maritas said.
“This was not run properly,” he said. “Let’s have a new election, seal the box properly, and I’ll accept the results.”
Maritas’ organizing effort has been among the stranger ones on the Strip.
Last month he designed a Web page that featured a photo of Osama bin Laden next to Hornbuckle. He also highlighted MGM Mirage’s partnership with Dubai World, the Persian Gulf holding company — and linked it to the war in Iraq, complete with a counter of American war dead. At the request of guards, he apologized and took the page down.
Then he threatened to bring homeless people and prostitutes to the picket line to draw attention to what he called unfair labor practices at Mandalay Bay. He never followed through. “That was just a ploy,” Maritas said Monday. “That was meant to get them all riled up.”
He also sought solidarity with other unions, particularly the buildings trades, creating a Web site devoted to worker safety at CityCenter and other Strip construction sites — and including, inexplicably, a video of the 9/11 attacks.
The loss has put a considerable snag in Maritas’ plans to organize Las Vegas.
“Did they hurt the momentum? No question,” Maritas said. “If we took this one down, this town would have fallen like dominoes.”
Before the election, MGM Mirage awarded raises to guards at New York-New York, Excalibur and Treasure Island. A company spokesman said the action was the result of salary surveys “performed occasionally by our HR departments to help properties remain competitive and retain the best possible employees.” Last week the union filed for an election at the Mirage. A date has not been set.
Police unhappy with TSA new “police-style uniforms, badges http://www.privateofficer.com
The new “police-style” outfits which are about to become TSA officers new uniform of the day includes royal-blue shirts, similar to those worn by officers in many regional police departments and that has many police officers very unhappy.
According to USA Today, airport police officers — real ones, the ones who went through weeks of training and have the authority to arrest people — say that issuing the 48,000 TSA screeners with law-enforcement-style uniforms is a smack of disrespect for those with true police training.
“A lot of cops at airports are not real thrilled about it,” Duane McGray of the Airport law-enforcement Agencies Network told the paper. “It’s another way of saying (to airport police), ‘You’re not important.’”
Airport police officers especially aren’t happy that the uniforms also include 3-inch-by-2-inch, silver badges that resemble those used by federal agents..
Every major airport in the US is either patrolled by local police, or has its own standing police force. Airport police worry their authority will be undercut by TSA personnel who look like cops… or, conversely, that passengers will approach screeners to report crimes, instead of real police officers.
“There are going to be some growing pains on the part of the (screeners) and police,” said Paul Mason, police chief at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO.
TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said screeners need to convey an image of authority to passengers, more so than the current white-and-khaki uniforms put forth. In some extreme cases, she said, disgruntled passengers have harassed and punched screeners.
“Some of our officers aren’t respected,” Howe said.
To be fair, several government agencies already equip personnel with badges, even those who aren’t in law-enforcement.
For example, Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Roxanne Smith said 250 EPA workers who oversee oil spill cleanups carry badges.
Screeners will receive their badges after a two-day training program… which will include information related to badge-carrying responsibilities, and how to defuse tense situations without copping (sorry) a false sense of authority.
“We coupled the badges with the communications training to make it clear to our officers that they’re there to facilitate our passengers,” TSA Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides said, adding it’s highly unlikely screeners will ever be given true law-enforcement authority.
In an attempt to differentiate badged TSA workers from true police officers — and to dissuade screeners from showing off to their friends, or acting like cops off the job — screeners are barred from wearing the badges unless they’re on duty.
Sworn law-enforcement personnel are often required to wear their badges even when off-duty.
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Canadian casino security officers fight to have union http://www.privateofficer.com
Judge dismisses Casino Nova Scotia Application
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA June 18 2008 – The security guards at Casino Nova Scotia who voted in June 2007 to form a union have won their day in court.
Armed shoplifter chased by police, security http://www.privateofficer.com
A 39-year-old local man was spotted leaving Wal-Mart with several unpurchased items on June 16. When security approached him, the man brandished a folding knife with a three-inch blade, said Cobourg police.
The man fled and police were called. The man ran to the nearby East Side Mario’s and then into the NHH emergency department.
Police on their way to Wal-Mart were told the armed man was now in the hospital. Officers went into the emergency department with their weapons drawn.
The man was trying to get into the dialysis unit when a member of hospital staff directed him out of the building. The man abandoned the knife in a hospital washroom before leaving the building.
Another officer arriving at the main entrance of the hospital was told the man was running east and called it in. Two off-duty police officers happened to see the man on the corner of DePalma Drive and Burnham Street and arrested him.
The local man, whose name has not yet been released, is charged with theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property, threatening, having a weapon dangerous to public peace, robbery, breach of probation and an assault charge, although no one was hurt.
“No one was actually physically assaulted but if you believe someone by action or threat will assault you (the charge can be laid),” explained Sergeant Stan Sokay.
Police arrest man in security officer shooting http://www.privateofficer.com
Brainley Morelus is charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Police arrested Morelus late Monday night after they said he confessed to taking part in the robbery attempt.
Morelus escaped from the interview room at Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters but was later found hiding in the parking lot of the Miami International Mall, according to an arrest report. He was also charged with escape.
The incident occurred March 30 in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie at 11130 NW Seventh Ave.
According to police, security guard Carlos Montes was on routine patrol when Morelus and Jeramie Cobb, 19, approached him. A struggle ensued and Montes was shot once in the upper torso, police said.
The wounded security officer returned fire, shooting Cobb multiple times. Cobb was later pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Police said Morelus ran off after the robbery attempt.
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Former Border Patrol Agent gets 70 year prison term http://www.privateofficer.com
In March, Arzate pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to posses cocaine and two counts of bribery of a public official. He has a long record of allowing drugs to pass into the United States. In 2006, Arzate received $16,000 for allowing vehicles packed with cocaine to pass through his station without inspections. He also admitted that he had been paid lesser amounts for allowing drugs to pass through various checkpoints in the El Paso area since 1990. On more than one occasion, Arzate also personally transported more than 100 pounds of cocaine through a checkpoint and delivered it to a coconspirator in Van Horn, Texas.
Upon sentencing the defendant, Judge Montalvo stated, “I agree with the Government. By any other name, this is treason.”
“When Agent Arzate crossed the line and joined forces with the drug dealers, he betrayed us all. What he did is beyond reprehensible and today he pays the price for his treachery,” stated United States Attorney Johnny Sutton.
Special Agent in Charge James E. Smith of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General stated, “Today’s sentencing of former Border Patrol agent Arturo Arzate sends a cold clear message that those who choose to tarnish their badge with money will pay a heavy price. The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General is committed to work hand in hand with our partners in the law enforcement community and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to strengthen the security of our nation by eradicating corruption from our midst and to insure the integrity of those agencies that comprise the Department of Homeland Security is never in question.”
Security officer injured in crash while chasing trespasser http://www.privateofficer.com
The crash happened while officer William Truska Jr., 21, was chasing an all-terrain vehicle on the grounds that was trespassing.
According to a police report, the security officer spotted at least one person driving around the property on an ATV and was trying to catch up to him to investigate. As he did so, he lost control of his vehicle and ended up iinto a pond.
Truska was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.
Police are still searching for the person he was chasing and said that they may face charges.
Woman kills show horse for money http://www.privateofficer.com
Police said a south Alabama woman admitted to shooting her show horse to death in May, burning a barn with the animal inside and attempting to collect $100,000 in insurance on the horse named Abby.
Brenda Gradia, 41, of Flomaton, also is accused of collecting $30,000 in insurance money on another horse that she claimed died of a snake bite in December, police said. Flomaton Police Chief Mike Lambert said that horse carcass is buried on her property.
Lambert said Gradia has admitted both incidents. But her attorney, Ernie White of Brewton, said June 13 his client will plead not guilty at a later hearing. He said he hasn’t read her statement to police and could not comment on it.
Investigators told the Press-Register in Mobile that Gradia admitted shooting Abby, but did not make that statement until after an autopsy determined the cause of death, saying she shot the horse because it was unruly and kicked at her.
Gradia, a special education teacher in Milton, Fla., has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, arson and misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Gradia remains free on a $50,000 bond.
Hospital violated patient’s rights when he was Tasered http://www.privateofficer.com
Northfield MN. June 18 2008 – 10:59 PM
When the emergency room staff at Northfield City Hospital thought an obviously disturbed patient was about to turn violent, they did what many hospitals do in that situation: They called the police.
In this instance, officers used a Taser to shock the man. The patient dropped to the floor, was injected with medications and transferred to the psychiatric unit at another hospital, according to an official report about the February incident.
Now federal and state health officials have cited the Northfield hospital for violating the patient’s rights.
The hospital and the Minnesota Hospital Association are perplexed by the ruling, which could have implications throughout the state.
“They did nothing wrong here,” said David Feinwachs, general counsel for the association. He said it’s not uncommon for hospitals to call police in cases like this. “And now they’re being faulted for it.”
The Minnesota Department of Health, which investigated the incident, cited the hospital for failing to protect the patient’s safety. Under federal law, the hospital could lose Medicare funding if the problem isn’t corrected.
“It wasn’t an easy case,” said Darcy Miner, director of complaints monitoring for the department. Still, she said, health officials concluded that “something happened that shouldn’t have” and that the hospital could have done more to avoid it. “We felt that in this situation, that level of force was not warranted,” she said.
The incident tapped into growing concern about the use of Tasers on patients who turn violent or dangerous. Just last month, Canadian police came under fire for using a Taser on a bedridden 82-year-old man, who had become delirious and wielded a knife at a hospital in British Columbia. The American Psychiatric Association has called for national guidelines on Taser use in hospitals.
The Northfield case was the first time a Taser was used on a patient there, according to Ken Bank, the hospital’s president. The patient, who was not identified, was not injured beyond the initial Taser shock, he said.
The Health Department’s criticism, he said, “came as a bolt out of the blue to us.” He said the hospital has had the same policy for handling unruly patients for 20 years.
“It’s difficult to figure out how to handle those fairly rare situations differently than we’re doing now,” he said. “We don’t have round-the-clock security. Most hospitals under 100 beds don’t. So that’s what we’ve been struggling with.”
Hours of effort
It was just after 2 a.m. when the patient arrived at Northfield’s emergency room on Saturday, Feb. 23. He began pacing the halls, rambling incoherently and yelling, according to the Health Department’s investigative report.
A nurse heard him talking about “poison coming out of the walls, poison in his blood and about Jesus.” The staff tried to calm him, using “verbal deescalation.” But he became more agitated. The nurse called police, fearing he “could go off and hurt someone,” the report said.
Two officers arrived about 7 a.m., and tried to get him to return to his hospital room. An officer shot him with a Taser, which uses electric shocks to temporarily stun a person. The patient never lost consciousness, “but went to the floor and said he would cooperate,” the report said.
He was cuffed, given several medications and held in the emergency room until 8:15 a.m., when he was transferred by ambulance to an unnamed hospital with a psychiatric bed.
Northfield’s police chief, Mark Taylor, defended the use of the Taser. Department policy says the Taser can be used “if an officer feels that either he is in danger or someone else is,” Taylor said. “In this case, that’s what we feel happened.”
In April, the Health Department investigated after receiving a complaint about the incident. Its report, dated May 7, cited the hospital for violating three federal rules. Although it gave no specifics, it referred to rules on the use of restraints and the patient’s rights “to receive care in a safe setting.”
Bank, president of the Northfield hospital, was stunned.
Feinwachs, of the Hospital Association, was outraged.
“To suggest that somehow seeking the intervention of law enforcement is an impropriety on the part of a health care provider seems to be illogical,” Feinwachs said. “In case of bizarre circumstances, throw yourself in harm’s way before you call the police? That’s the way I read it.”
Miner, of the Health Department, said that isn’t the intent.
They didn’t cite the hospital for calling police, she said. “Our question was what was happening in those five hours before the police arrived.”
She said the staff needs more training in deescalation techniques. They report seeing an average of two patients a day for psychiatric or alcohol-related problems. “They knew that they should expect psychiatric patients and be prepared for them, and they were not,” she said.
Since then, Northfield City Hospital has hired two security guards. They will try to negotiate a plan for future incidents with the Health Department.
“It is absolutely our commitment to make sure that we’re providing a safe environment for patients,” Bank said.
Security guard arrested for sexual assault of child http://www.privateofficer.com
A security guard from Homer Glen is in the Will County Jail, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for whom his ex-wife baby-sat for years.
Bail was set Tuesday at $500,000 for Ronald Scalise, 47, of the 14600 block of Cricketwood Court, who’s charged with six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors had sought a $1 million bail, officials said.
The alleged assaults began when the girl, now 12, was 3 years old and continued until she was 8, sheriff’s police spokesman Pat Barry said. They allegedly occurred while Scalise’s former wife was baby-sitting the girl, Barry said.
Sheriff’s detectives questioned Scalise on Monday. They had been investigating him since being alerted about the allegations a few weeks ago by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Barry said. Under questioning, Scalise made self-incriminating statements about the incidents, he said.
State’s attorney’s office spokesman Charles Pelkie said Scalise, if convicted, faces between six and 30 years in prison.
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Man robs armored car at gunpoint http://www.privateofficer.com
A man robbed an armored van driver at gunpoint outside a Loveland bank Tuesday afternoon, making off with an undisclosed amount of money.
The robbery, outside Advantage Bank, 1475 N. Denver Ave., took place at around 2:25 p.m.
The suspect confronted a Northern Armored Service employee with a handgun outside the bank near the service employee’s truck.
The suspect, described as a man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wore a stocking cap, sunglasses, jeans and a sweatshirt.
He took money from the vehicle then fled the scene in a silver-colored sedan, possibly a Ford Contour.
The robber did not go into the bank, police said.
Responding officers and investigators searched the area for cars matching the description after the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brad Templeman at 962-2244.
Tuesday’s incident was the second aggravated bank robbery in Loveland this year. Home State Bank, 300 E. 29th St., was robbed at gunpoint by a man on Feb. 4 and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
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Sex offender arrested trying to pick up girls at Fla. mall www,privateofficer.com
A registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion he tried to lure two girls into his Porsche at the Boynton Beach Mall by throwing a $100 bill at them, police said.
She said police were on the phone with his lawyer all day Tuesday and he turned himself in Tuesday evening.
Woman charged with theft, drug offenses http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities responded to a report of a theft and say that they arrested a Glasgow woman and charged her with shoplifting and drug possession..
Alicia Whittaker of Park City was arrested after officers responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. A loss prevention officer with the store witnessed Whittaker concealing merchandise and leaving the store without paying for it according to the police report.
Officers searched her purse after her arrest on shoplifting charges where they found marijuana roaches and drug paraphernalia.
Charges against Alicia Whittaker are Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $300, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Second Offense.
Whittaker was taken into custody and booked into the county jail on an unspecified bond amount.