Sunday, March 5, 2017

SUPPORT & JUSTICE FOR MURDERED SECURITY OFFICERS privateofficer.com

Charlotte NC March 5 2017 Twenty security officers have been killed on duty since January 1st. All but three were murdered.

The security industry has no Police Benevolent Foundation, no Fraternal Order of Police and no national fund such as the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs administered by the United States Department of Justice for the families of fallen law enforcement and firefighters.

In some cases, employers of the deceased security officers do not even have Workers Compensation Insurance and the employee or their family frequently has no life insurance of any type.

Making less than livable wages, often struggling to pay household bills and to just keep a roof over their heads, private security officers killed on duty are treated no better than a homeless person.

While it's true that some employers help families with funeral or burial expenses, many others do not.
Families are left to borrow from relatives, plead for assistance from churches, the public and community charities and even allow their loved one to be buried in a pauper's graves.
Such was the case in 2014 when a security officer in California was killed.
Without insurance or a savings account, the family allowed Los Angeles County to cremate their loved one's body and bury it in a county cemetery.

There is no national organization, association, or central group who responds when a security officer is killed at work. There is no support system for the children left behind. No counselors, no agency, no one that comes forward. Seldom is a death of a security officer treated in the same manner of that of a fallen firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency responder.
And yet, they are first responders, often on scenes of crimes and emergencies long before any other.

Some homicide detectives tirelessly work the murders of security personnel like it were the murder of a fellow officer while many others see it as just another case.

When an arrest is made, there is no group, no advocacy office, nor voice to push for justice or argue for the maximum sentence. There are no phone calls made or letters sent to prosecutors and judges demanding justice for the fallen private officer. Nor does anyone stand in unity as a sign of support for the murdered officer, their family or the profession.
Courtrooms are not packed full with uniforms supporting the family and the prosecution during trial. Families most always sit alone, unaware that every year close to one hundred other men and women are killed doing the same job, for the same low wages, facing the same dangers.

The jurors never hear these facts, the prosecutors seldom consider them and without a constant and present, loud and unwavering supportive voice from the profession, no one knows and no one can care.

In recent years, Private Officer International has sent letters to prosecutors, law enforcement investigators and offered our support with little response.
We have offered reward money and worked with crime stoppers in several communities.
Time after time we have reached out to employers to offer our chaplains, counselors, and financial assistance to the victim's family but surprising they often never follow through or inform the families of the deceased employee of the offers. Why is this? One can only speculate but I've been told by several company managers that it's because the security agency does not want any more publicity or attention than they've already received from local media.
In some of these situations, larger companies have had to pass it up the chain and over to legal or media relations and the offers have ended there.

Nonetheless we are continuing to pursue a more cohesive method to honor the dead, support the families left behind and be a voice and a force to be reckoned with during prosecution of these murderers.

In order to do this, we need everyone employed in the security profession, every company big and small, every retail security agent and their employers, private law enforcement officers and public safety supporters to unite and form a cooperative, purpose driven group to make these changes happen.

Private Officer International currently operates a benevolent service for our members but we need your help to expand it nationally so that we can be the voice and the hand that helps the family and supports local law enforcement and prosecutors during every murder of every private officer.

If we are not the change and are not willing to make be the difference, there will never be a different outcome for those who deserve it the most.

Join our benevolent response unit, donate to our memorial fund and be an active member in your community.

A conference call is scheduled next week to further discuss how we can help our profession, our fallen heroes and the families that they leave behind.


For more information please contact KyleTGreene@privateofficer.com


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