Process Server Assault Map Reaches 50 Documented Assaults
Denver, CO – As process servers continue to face emotional and sometimes violent situations while on the job, new incidents are still being recorded on the Process Server Assault Map, a visual element of the PAAPRS (Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers) campaign that provides a snapshot view of process server assault across the country. The number of incidents recorded has now surpassed 50 reports, with assaults recorded across 19 states: Washington, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island.
> In Arizona, a party being served a 5-day eviction notice pulled a shotgun on a process server and fired. The process server was not injured, but the responding officer refused to charge the shooter until ordered to do so by a supervising officer. The resulting charge was discharging a firearm in a residential area.
> A recipient of legal documents allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at a New York process server’s face.
> Upon spotting a process server, a woman in California jumped in her car and backed toward the process server’s vehicle, hitting it twice before leaving the scene.
> A process server in Oklahoma was blocked into a driveway by the woman who was to be served. The process server realized when approaching the vehicle that the woman had a revolver and backed away. The woman left, but later returned and accepted the papers.
Other attacks range from incidents involving vehicles and guns to attacks with baseball bats, meat cleavers, and throwing the paperwork back at process servers, and alleged assailants include individuals, attorneys, a judicial candidate, a director of transportation, and a mayor. One process server death has already been recorded. If you have been assaulted while serving process or a recent local news story has reported a process server assault in your area, click here to submit an assault to the map.
“Having all of this information displayed on the map gives us a pretty powerful visual of how big of an issue this really is,” ServeNow.com co-founder Trent Carlyle explained. “Hopefully this will increase awareness, and help the PAAPRS campaign educate people about the role process servers play in protecting every person’s right to be notified of lawsuits and actions against them.”
The Process Server Assault Map was launched as part of the PAAPRS (Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers) campaign, a joint effort by various organizations, associations, and individual process servers to raise awareness about this growing issue. Other resources include articles, prevention tips, an embeddable badge, and other helpful tools.
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