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Indiana Braces For Violence: Armed Guards To Unemployment Offices

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods. "Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients," he said. Some offices have had guards for nearly two years but those guards were hired on a regional basis, meaning some offices had armed guards while others did not, Lotter said. The cost of the armed guards varies dramatically around the state. Lotter said the agency is trying to be more consistent and that it plans to employ armed guards in all 36 offices where unemployment insurance benefits are handled. The overall cost for the security is $1 million, paid for with federal funds designated for administration of the unemployment system, Lotter said. Other agency offices that provide job training or are not full-service branches will continue to have unarmed guards. Lotter said state employees in the affected offices have also recently gone through stress-management training in which they learn how to respond appropriately to angry clients. "This is a stressful time for people in the economy," he said. "That's why we're not only taking this step (of hiring guards), but we're also increasing our training for our staff to be able to help people as they're trying to cope with these changes." Next up: armed guards at your local s

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Comment by Frank Martinez
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Very interesting, I just can't understand, how this government  can pacify a people with unemployment benefit or hands outs when all we want is to work, I mean, by government allowing our companies to go overseas, and protect their decisions, the banks, the banks hold back the money from circulation, so government, the banks can take more control of the people and their assets. So, when a bank hold back money from being circulated, what in the world do you think will happen? and they know what will happen, so they bring in arm guards to protect the very same servants of the people, who now  think they are the masters .. what is wrong with this picture, when does the servant become the master here,  this is not the fault of the Amercian people , we are the victims here, but what do you expect?  when you cut the funding for jobs, you cut the life line so the Amercian peolpe can not pay their bills, but if he or she is not working,  the banks take back the mortgages, the cars, and the people become homeless, same bull shit the banks pulled back in 1929 and they doing it again. really what choice do the people have... no wonder they are gearing up with more armed guards.. are they expecting an upraising???? are they afraid of the American people.  In my opinion, they should be. we have been rob, rape and even murdered, because our government wants more control and they are doing this by using the banks as way they can strip us of everything, why should we not be upset? more taxes and less jobs. and  the worst is yet to come, when they will force you to pay at  the point of a gun and or to prison we go, prisons so you can work for free for the large corporations. that where the problem lies,"ITS A HOSTILE TAKE OVER"  followed with greed...  We the American people are being push back and back and further back........well you know the rest of the story, and that the way I see it. I don't know the answer, but the signs are all over the country. .


Comment by Jerry Alexander
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That`s what cops do! They just stand around waiting for someone to tell them what to do.I dosn`t matter if it Constitutional,Legal,Moral,Ethical,or even Humane, they just do it.Then they go home and hug their wife and children,and then set down to eat.

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