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Our Annual CUSA Conference will take place at the Harrah's Hotel Las Vegas on February 3-5, 2014. Honoring the men and women who patrol the toughest beat in law enforcement, our nation's professional Correctional Officers! Everyday day in our nation, Correctional Officers go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the safety of the public. It's time we recognize these courageous men and women. The medal of Valor Awards ceremony for 2013 winners will take place at this 2014 conference.
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Four guards injured in brawl on Rikers Island
Four correctional officers and several inmates were injured after a late-night fight broke out at Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, on Friday night.
The City of New York Department of Corrections said on Saturday that “a fight involving a number of inmates in a high custody housing unit” occurred at the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island.
“Department staff responded within minutes and the incident was resolved shortly thereafter,” a Department of Corrections spokesman said in a statement.
Four correctional officers were treated and released following exposure to a chemical agent. Three inmates were treated at the emergency room for non-serious injuries and then returned to the jail.
No serious injuries have been reported and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Department of Corrections.
Rikers Island includes 10 separate jail facilities and houses an average of more than 12,000 prisoners a day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
NOTE: Corrections USA does not approve of the word "guard" being used for Correctional Officer. It was the word the reporter used and we did not want to edit his work. We will contact them concerning their choice of words.