Nassau corrections officers call for more staffing after recent attack

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Some Nassau corrections officers told News 12 that they want more security measures in place after two officers were recently attacked.

The two corrections officers told News 12 that they were attacked at the Nassau County Jail on March 26 by an inmate who they say was mentally ill. One of the officers was punched and the other was kicked in the face, breaking his nose.

“You go to work every day wondering if you're going to come home,” said one corrections officer, who asked not to be named.

Brian Sullivan, the head of the union, says that officers need training on how to deal with mentally ill people, as well as more officers on the job. He said there's a current staffing crisis.

“There needs to be a plan put in place,” said Sullivan. “We can't have the same officers working double shifts.”

The union leader says the jail was plagued by violence under previous sheriff Michael Sposato. Sullivan says the newly sworn in sheriff, Vera Fludd, needs to immediately address their concerns.

In a statement, Fludd said, "We are in the process of hiring additional officers and are working closely with the Civil Service Commission to expedite the next academy class. We have already reviewed our training for officers and will be implementing new training courses this year."

The corrections officers have been working without a contract since December. 

An attorney for Nassau's Civil Service Commission told News 12 that they are currently evaluating a class of 27 new corrections officers and expect that process to be done by the end of May. They then have to go through a 13- to 14-week training academy before they can start working.

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