VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- A Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville was put on high alert when tragedy struck last week as three well-trained officers were stabbed with an improvised weapon (referred to by some as a shank) by an isolated inmate with terrorist communication ties.
The three officers injured include, a Warden, a Captain, and a special Investigative Supervisor Lieutenant. The Warden suffered the most extensive injuries needing over 80 staples to his upper body.
According to The American Federation of Government Employees, “All three officers received treatment at local hospitals and are recovering. The inmate, who was recently convicted of providing material support to terrorists, was separated from other inmates for safety reasons and will be moved to a higher security prison”.
The recent attack’s bring to question the need for added protection for these under-appreciated members of law enforcement.
“Correctional officers work day in and day out in our nation’s prisons so that their communities may know peace,” said Eric Young, President of AFGE’s Council of Prison Locals. “These stabbings are a gruesome reminder to the public of the clear and present danger our correctional workers face on the clock. I thank God that all three are doing well, and I hope that both labor and management can rally together and provide our officers with the additional resources they need to stop this type of violence in our facilities.”
The American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) Council of Prison Locals (CPL) has long advocated for uniform protective equipment, including but not limited to stab proof vests, throughout the federal prison system. Recent deaths and the stabbings this week have brought the importance of implementing these safety measures sooner rather than later.