September A Deadly Month For Security and Police http://www.privateofficer.com
September was not a good month for the security industry when talking about the safety of its personnel.
During the month, 12 private security officers were killed in the line of duty making it the deadliest month on record since the National Association of Private Officers began tracking security officer deaths in 2004.
And the N.A.P.O. estimates that at least five others were killed during the month that was not tracked. The reason for this is because the classification of private security officers vary and so does the way that states track employee deaths.
But during September, the association did confirm the following deaths:
5 died from gunshots, 2 from on duty motor vehicle accidents, 2 from heart attacks, 1 died in a plane crash guarding a rock band, 2 died from injuries sustained in assaults
Though the age range of those killed was between 25-59, the average age was 31.
During September we also tracked several hundred security officers who had been assaulted, shot, stabbed, hit with pipes and clubs, pepper sprayed, run over with motor vehicles and who were seriously injured. Many of those were loss prevention agents working for retailers.
Several are still listed in critical condition including a security officer who was on duty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque when he was run down by a fleeing carjacker. He was gravely injured and is fighting for his life.
The month was no safer for law enforcement officers. 19 officers were killed in the line of duty. Also the deadliest month this year for on duty law enforcement deaths.
On duty security officer deaths and injuries have spiked over the past five to eight years brought on by the more frequent high risk assignments, greater responsibility, and contact with the general public, and the blurring of law enforcement type duties now being taken on by private security officers who are not trained properly for these advanced duties.
The only solution to combat these trends is better, uniform and across the board training and certification for armed and unarmed private officers.
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Mother arrested for using 8yr old in shoplifting incident http://www.privateofficer.com
Rodriguez-Avila, 34, placed the girl in a shopping cart at a Publix supermarket in Lutz and hid about $63 worth of items under the child, including candy, magazines, cheese, sugar, bell peppers and hot dogs, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Store security personnel tried to stop Rodriguez-Avila in the parking lot about 8:40 p.m. after noticing she had not paid for the items, an affidavit states. Rodriguez-Avila jumped into a black 1992 Acura with the child and drove away, the affidavit states.
Security personnel reported the theft and the Acura’s license tag to the sheriff’s office. Deputies tracked the tag to the woman’s home and arrested her about 1:40 a.m. today.
Rodriguez-Avila is charged with felony child neglect and felony petit theft. She was held at the Orient Road Jail today on $4,000 bail.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said she could not identify the relationship between the woman and the girl because of the child neglect charge.
In the past, deputies have encountered parents who have tried to steal electronics by stashing them beneath children in strollers, Carter said.
“It’s tragic that an adult would use a child” in such an instance, Carter said. “It sets a very poor example.”
Mother beats up 12 yr old for starting fight with son http://www.privateofficer.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.OCT 5 2008 — A Jacksonville mother was arrested after being accused of beating up a 12-year-old boy she suspected of starting a fight with her son.
According to a police report, Kengnion Grant, 27, slapped and shoved the boy as he was walking home from school on the Westside, WJXT reported.
A witness told police she saw Grant in the middle of road yelling at the child and that the woman slapped the boy and pushed him to the asphalt, the police report states.
The witness told investigators Grant was mad at the boy because she thought he was beating on her son.
When police arrived, they said they found the boy crying. The victim told officers the same story about Grant believing he was beating up her son.
The boy told police he tried to tell the woman that he did not hit her son and that it was her son who hit him, according to the police report. He said when he told the woman that, she slapped him, knocked him to the ground and stood over him yelling and screaming, the police report states.
When confronted by police, Grant admitted to confronting the victim but said the boy was ignoring her and so she grabbed the back of his shirt. She said when the boy starting swinging his arms to get away, she let go and he fell to the ground.
Police arrested Grant and charged her with child abuse. She has since been released on bond.
Grant told WJXT she never slapped the boy and said that she was trying to hold the child in place so that she could talk to his mother.
She also said her son is only 9-years-old and the minor injuries the 12-year-old boy received were from the fight he had with her son.
Man indicted for trafficking minors for sex business http://www.privateofficer.com
Marvin Leigh Madkins, of Newport News, Va., is accused on two counts of sex trafficking of minors, one count of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill said Madkins recruited and transported two minors across state lines between April 1 and June 8, knowing that they would engage in prostitution and commercial sex acts
Madkins is also accused of possession a shotgun while committing the federal crimes.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the intelligence unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
If convicted of all charges, Madkins could face up to life in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Teacher arrested for grabbing girl’s butt in Wal-Mart http://www.privateofficer.com
According to the police report, Christopher Micah Brazelton, 36, of Irvine, was seen grabbing the girl’s buttocks.
“When they passed each other, witnesses saw him lean over and grab the buttocks of the 12-year-old girl,” Gonzalez said.
The Santa Ana girl was not injured, but was frightened as a result of the episode, Gonzalez said.
Witnesses confronted Brazelton. He ran, but witnesses chased him and were able to detain him until Walmart security was alerted.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Brazelton is a first-grade teacher with the Garden Grove Unified School District. Gonzalez said detectives are concerned there may be additional victims.
Brazelton is being held at the Santa Ana City Jail on suspicion of child molestation.
Family crimes unit detectives are continuing to investigate the case before it is presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8665.
Woman charged with robbery after using pepper spray on security http://www.privateofficer.com
Now police say that Canton woman could face 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine stemming from the robbery that started with three pillow cases and a soap dish.
She remained in the jail this morning, held in lieu of $50,000 bond, jail records said. S
Police charge man with cheating at casino http://www.privateofficer.com
A New London man faces larceny charges for illegally collecting points in a Foxwoods casino promotional program, police said. Erik K. Smith, 36, of 111 Ocean Ave., was accumulating “Dream Reward,” points to his casino account when he was not entitled to them, police said.