Statement from PBA Local 105 President, Brian Renshaw, on most recent inmate assault on State Correctional Police Officer at New Jersey State Prison:
On March 4, 2018, at New Jersey State Prison, New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer Laino was viciously attacked by an inmate. The inmate attacked the officer by repeatedly punching him in the face, head and body. Responding officers were able to detain the inmate and the injured officer was first treated at the prison and then rushed to Helen Fuld Hospital to receive additional treatment. The officer suffered facial and head lacerations, fractures about the face and deep bruising to his face.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with State Correctional Police Officer Laino and his family. Our entire PBA Local 105 family wishes him a quick recovery. Last year, PBA Local 105 made tremendous strides in addressing the need to fully compensate our State Correctional Police Officers when they are out on medical leave due to an attack by the hands of an inmate. The intent of the legislation was to fully compensate people who have been attacked, such as OFC Laino. While they are on an extended leave due to their injuries, this compensation would allow the officer to provide for themselves and their family. Unfortunately, we have seen too many victims of vicious inmate attacks be denied their SLI benefits due to legislative language that mentions serious bodily injury. Our State Correctional Police Officers deserve their full SLI benefits when they are out on extended leave due to an attack by an inmate, period. We are currently working with members of the New Jersey Legislature and Governor Murphy’s Administration to address these unintended consequences of the legislation and restore the full intent of the legislation. Our officers deserve better and I will fight to make sure our members and their families are fully compensated should this sort of tragedy ever happen to them.”
March 7, 2018
Contact: Rich Levesque, MWWPR – 609-503-8045
For Immediate Release