The 2009 Security Officer Deaths and Injuries Report compiled by the
PRIVATE OFFICER International association was released today, Thursday December 31 2009 and it showed that security officer deaths are down slightly but injury to private security officers continue to rise.
The association monitors all on the job injuries and deaths of employees who fell within the classification of security officer or has duties which pertain to the security industry.
PRIVATE OFFICER International, a professional organization of private security and law enforcement personnel based in Atlanta Georgia looked at and collected statistical data on loss prevention agents, guards, public safety officers, bouncers, uniform security officers, patrol officers, private police officers, and others who performed security related duties but whose jobs classified them as positions other than security officers.
During the 2009 calendar year, 45 security officers were confirmed to have died in the line of duty and the association estimated that the actual death totals were in the 60-70 range or higher.
Discrepancies and poor data collection and classification by state and federal agencies continue to keep the true and accurate death totals in the dark said Executive Director Rick McCann.
McCann said that throughout the year, the staff diligently works to research many databases and resources to verify as much of the collected data as possible but often death and injury reports of security officers are misclassified and do not make the news.
Again in 2009, the two deadliest security positions were nightclub security and armored truck officers.
Deaths Confirmed Included:
7 Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nightclub Security Officers Killed-13
Armored Truck Security Officers Killed-3
According to data collected, security officers were involved in more than 1300 armed confrontations and more than 600 officers involved shooting incidents.
Mr. McCann also stated that again this year, those security personnel employed in the position of a retail security agent or loss prevention officer experienced the majority of bodily harm from assaults and constant threat of physical attacks and frequent confrontations occurring.
Many shoplifters are repeat offenders, professionals and convicted criminals who do not want to chance being sent to prison so they’d rather fight than to be caught
McCann said. “Because of this and the economic crises and the frequent contact with someone who has committed a crime, loss prevention personnel will continue to see these types of increases in assaults and even serious injury to themselves.”
While many professions face certain dangers and life threatening on the job situations, the private security industry’s risks are definitely growing in defined areas of the security industry almost unnoticed to many who study employee injuries or deaths according to McCann.
Private security personnel are increasingly facing aggressive and violent attacks by both the armed and unarmed criminals as security officer duties are frequently crossing the lines between the standard observe and report and the more frequent proactive and responsiveness of security forces Mr. McCann said.
Police say the incident happened around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Luna Bar in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Luna security officer Richard Brown told police that he was trying to remove a man from the bar when another man hit him in the face.
Brown says that once he removed the first man from the bar, the man came back inside brandishing a handgun.
Brown says the man was then pushed out of the bar onto the sidewalk, where he fired a single shot into the air before fleeing in a car.
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DeLand police said they were called to the store at 1468 N. Woodland Blvd. in reference to a robbery on Monday just before 5 p.m.
During the investigation, officers learned that two women had come into the store carrying large purses. The women then filled their purses with Bealls items and walked out of the store without paying for them.
Store security watched as the women filled their purses with various items. When security approached the women as they were leaving the store they ignored verbal demands from security and entered a green sedan.
Bealls security attempted to recover the items from the women, but the security officer was sprayed in the face with mace by one of the suspected shoplifters, police said.
Bealls security continued to try and obtain the items, but the officer grabbed by the other woman and again was sprayed with mace, this time while the woman held the security officer by the hair.
The two suspected robbers then drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed, dragging the security officer for a short distance, police said.
Both women are described as being between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing between 250 and 300 pounds.
One of the women was reportedly wearing a yellow sweatpants-type jogging suit and the other was wearing a black designer-type suit with a black knit cap, long hair extensions and had a piercing above her lip that resembled a mole, according to police.
Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective C. Jusick at 386-740-6904.
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Charlotteobservor.com A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting two women in his patrol car had previously been accused of domestic violence, and in 2005 was ordered not to own or carry a firearm, according to court documents.
Court records show that two women previously accused Marcus Ramon Jackson of attacking and threatening them, before he became a police officer. Judges granted both women restraining orders, forbidding Jackson from contacting or going near them. One judge prohibited Jackson from carrying a firearm during the two weeks of the restraining order.
He wasn’t convicted of any crimes in those cases.
CMPD hired Jackson in September 2008, and assigned him to patrol the Eastway Division in east Charlotte.
Police said they conducted a criminal and civil background check on Jackson, and were aware of a domestic complaint from 2003.
A court found him not guilty of violating a restraining order and his arrest record was expunged, police said. Until Thursday, CMPD was unaware of the 2005 incident.
Jackson, who is being held on $360,000 bond, made his first appearance in court by video Thursday. He asked the judge to unsecure his bond so he could get out of jail without putting up any money.
“Is there any way you can uplift the secured bond for sake of being near loved ones?” he asked.
“I’m sorry, sir, I can’t do that,” Mecklenburg District Judge Tom Moore replied.
A woman who told reporters she was Jackson’s mother left the courtroom with three men after the hearing. “We don’t have nothing to say – nothing at all…,” one of the men told an Observer reporter.
On Wednesday, Jackson, 25, was arrested after two young women told investigators he had pulled them over on traffic stops and sexually assaulted them. He was on duty in a marked patrol car at the time, according to police.
The first incident allegedly occurred on Dec. 18 but wasn’t reported until Monday. Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Jackson – wearing his uniform and driving his police cruiser – pulled over a 17-year-old girl, forced her into his car, drove to another location and forced her to commit sex acts.
CMPD began its investigation after a relative of the girl called police Monday.
As detectives investigated the allegations, Monroe said, a 21-year-old woman reported Tuesday night that she too had been assaulted by Jackson under similar circumstances. That assault, she said, occurred on Monday.
Police would not say what time on Monday they received the first complaint, or how much time passed before the second attack occurred.
“We worked the investigation around the clock with our Internal Affairs Division and Sexual Assault Unit,” said police spokesman Capt. Brian Cunningham. “Within 24 hours of identifying Mr. Jackson as the suspect, evidence was collected, he was interviewed and arrested, and his employment was terminated. … We believe that we acted in a swift and appropriate manner.”
Arrest warrants obtained Thursday provide some details of the crimes Jackson is accused of committing.
Jackson offered not to write one of the victims a ticket in exchange for her performing oral sex on him, according to one of the warrants. Jackson and the victim did engage in the sex act, the warrant says.
Court documents reveal that Jackson’s past included two allegedly violent episodes in Mecklenburg County. The first was in 2003 when Jackson, then 19 and a student at UNC Charlotte, was dating a 15-year-old Harding High School student.
The girl’s mother sought a restraining order against him in May 2003. “The defendant threatened my daughter by telling her ‘she was going to get hers and catch one,’” the mother wrote.
Jackson tried to hit the teen with a car and pushed her into a locker, according to the mother’s complaint. He was later summoned to court after being accused of violating a restraining order, but was found not guilty in August 2003.
In 2005, Jackson was working at Off Broadway Shoes on South Boulevard and still studying at UNCC when his 21-year-old girlfriend sought a restraining order against him.
“The defendant grabbed me by the face several times, screaming and yelling…,” the girlfriend wrote in her complaint. “The defendant hit me in the back of the head, slapped my face, pushed me down in the floor, forcing (me) in (a) walk-in closet.”
The judge ordered Jackson to stay away from the victim and not own or carry any firearms. But no criminal charges were brought.
On Wednesday, Chief Monroe said “it would be naïve” to believe Jackson hadn’t assaulted other women while on duty, and asked anyone who believes they were victimized by him to contact police.
Police spokesman Cunningham said Thursday no other women had come forward.
“We continue to look into Mr. Jackson’s past traffic stops, in-car video, and citizen contact data for potential issues,” he said. “This is part of our ongoing investigation.
By: Brett Davis/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
http://www.privateofficer.com/ — Another North Carolina teacher is in trouble with the law for having sexual contact with a student.
Harold Robert Grant Jr., 57, of 4104 Galway Drive, faces four counts of taking indecent liberties with children. He is also charged with a sex offense in the second degree, child abuse felony injury and a crime against nature.
Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes said the four victims are now adults. The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that started in 1993. The alleged incidents occurred between 1993 and 2001, Barnes said.
Grant was a teacher at Southeast Middle School.
Grant was being held under a $100,000 bond at the Guilford County jail on Wednesday
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mydesert.com Security guard Doak Roberts can be seen patrolling the streets of Old Town La Quinta on most Friday and Saturday nights.
Roberts, working a Christmas Eve day shift last week because of the holidays, enjoys the responsibilities of his job.
“I patrol, I do lock-up at night,” he said. “I make sure everything is safe.”
Most of the time, Roberts stations himself right across from “where all the action is,” he said.
“This is the focal point,” said Roberts, parked on Main Street near the restaurant epicenter in Old Town.
Devane’s, Hog’s Breath Inn, Old Town Cellar and Stuft Pizza — that’s where the bulk of the activity takes place on Friday and Saturday nights.
“I’m visible” here, he said. “If people have a question they can ask me.”
Roberts, semi-retired and living in Indian Wells, has been on the job in Old Town for the past three months.
“I’m quite amazed at the general attitude of the people here,” he said. “It’s no hassle. People are so nice one night a couple came by and gave me hot chocolate. People are always doing nice things like that.”
Roberts said he frequents Old Town Coffee Company during his shifts.
“They make the best coffee,” he said. “I start out with a latte with one pump of vanilla, then I switch to just coffee with a little cream and sugar.”
Roberts said he enjoys working in this “very friendly little village.”
“Leslie (Locken, leasing and property manager for Old Town La Quinta) is a love,” he said. “I’m very happy working with her.”
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