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Jail guard slashed in incident at Lindsay jail

KAWARTHA LAKES- A Corrections Officer at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay was slashed in the leg three times and required 24 stitches to close the gash according to the union. He is now on a cocktail of drugs to prevent things like HIV and other diseases that can come from this type of injury. “Today an officer did not go home in the same condition he arrived at work when he was slashed by an inmate while responding to a code.” Chris Butsch the President of the Union that represents Corrections Officers said on a Facebook post.

A second officers hand was injured the altercation, both were treated and released from hospital.

Butsch warned others to stay on their toes. “I want to make sure that all of you realize that this could have been much worse and ended an officers watch.” Butsch said. “The inmate slashing out could have struck arteries or made contact with vital organs. Stay vigilant!” he said.

There was an altercation at the jail on Monday involving about ten inmates. A number of officers were hurt but did not go to hospital. Our sources say they were trying to lock up a unit that were refusing at the time of the incident. Our source says officers have no control and administration does nothing to help.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections confirms the incident and says they are investigating.

Kawartha Lakes Police have two full time officers stationed at the jail. In July they responded to 34 assaults, 6 criminal code charges were laid and two narcotics charges. No charges have been laid in this case but police are investigating.

Butsch says the CO was stabbed with a ceramic blade. It’s unknown where the blade came from as the facility is now equipped with body scanners. “Edged weapons have been a plague at this jail for a long time,” Butch told Kawartha 411. “The Body Scanner has been installed since October, but sadly has not been used to search the institution to clear it of ceramic blades that have plagued this jail for a long time.  Local 368 Executive and H&S team has been advocating to get a systematic search done since installation of the scanner but have been refused locally and provincially until this serious injury on August 21st.”

Butsch says Mondays events have resulted in an agreement to search the entire jail. “We now have an agreement in place to search the entire jail utilizing the body scanner to compete a top to bottom search in an attempt to rid this place of weapons and drugs. Unfortunately this was a reactionary agreement, had this been done in October of 2016 would this have even happened with a ceramic blade?” questions Butsch.

The union is happy that the search will finally take place but says it shouldn’t take an incident like this to prompt change. “This is one of the most dangerous jobs in the Province.  The Government should be doing everything in its power to take every reasonable precaution to make this a safer environment, but sadly we have to fight for all things that would improve our situation not just here but in jails across the Province.  It will never be a place where violence will not occur, but every effort should be made to get it as close to safe as we can.”

There was also an attempted suicide at the jail Monday night according to the union.



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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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