Lavine Sponsors Assembly Bill to Secure Parole Offices

April 21, 2010

Assemblyman Lavine introduced new legislation (A10749) that mandates the installation of enhanced security at all locations where paroled felons are required to report. These weapons-screening devices may include, but are not limited to, security cameras, metal detectors, x-ray machines and explosives-detection machines, as well as security personnel stationed at all points of public entry to the building.

This bill comes on the heels of the recent shooting of a parole officer at point-blank range in a downtown Brooklyn office by a paroled murderer who was in the building for a routine appointment with the officer. An earlier incident occurred in March of 2009 when a New York City parole officer was threatened at knifepoint while working at her desk.

On the evening of Thursday, April 15, 2010 a paroled murderer walked into a New York State Parole Office on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn armed with a 9-millimeter Ruger pistol and shot New York State Parole Officer Samuel Salters in the shoulder. Reports indicate that the pistol jammed before another shot could be fired.

“Just how that felon got his hands on such a sophisticated weapon remains a mystery and presents a separate set of challenges to a civil and safe society,” said Lavine, “but under no circumstances should he ever have been permitted to easily carry that pistol into a public office and shoot Officer Salters, a dedicated professional whose speedy recovery we are all praying for.”

Lavine continued, “New York State owes it to all its employees to provide a safe, secure work environment. Enactment of this bill will ensure that facilities where those employees meet with convicted criminals maintain adequate protection.”

State Senator Brian Foley will sponsor the bill in the Senate.