There is a new tool available online for tracking assaults on corrections staff and other major incidents in Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Corrections recently launched a weekly advisory report that will summarize assaults on corrections officers and other staff members in the line of duty as well as major disturbances and other significant incidents occurring in state-run facilities.
“In response to employees’ requests to be better informed about assaults on MODOC staff, the department has begun posting weekly summaries of assaults and major incidents on our public website at doc.mo.gov/alerts. If an ongoing serious incident occurs, this page also will be used to keep staff and the public updated as events unfold,” the DOC’s February 2019 Employee Newsletter states. “Please keep in mind that while it’s important for everyone at a worksite to know about an incident as soon as possible, site administrators need time to gather accurate information and verify reports.”
According to the webpage, there have been eight incidents since Jan. 12, 2018, at six different facilities.
Three separate incidents have occurred at the South Central Correctional Center at Licking. On Jan. 13, an offender threw bodily fluids and food at an officer’s face and chest. On Jan. 21, an offender spat in the officer’s face and then struck the officer in the cheek and neck with his head. On Jan. 29, an offender swung at three officers and became aggressive. Two officers were examined by outside medical staff while the third officer declined medical attention.
The webpage defines the difference between a major assault and a minor assault.
A major assault is defined as:
•Causing physical injury to another, either with or without a weapon or through the use of any substance, instrument or device, requiring urgent and immediate medical treatment more extensive than mere first aid.
•Causing a person to come into contact with or throwing or projecting feces or body fluids.
•Subjecting a staff member without consent to physical contact by kissing or touching the sexual parts.
A minor assault is defined as:
•Causing non-serious physical injury by striking another, which may result in minor first aid being administered.
•Using a non-dangerous object or substance; or by any other physically aggressive act.
•Subjecting a staff member to any physical contact without consent.