Can you name a career in which a physical attack would be part of your work day?
Assault is a very real danger in the process service industry, and so this is a topic that ALIASS holds very close to heart. Not only do we expect our employees to be protected by law from violence and aggression, but we feel the same level of concern for our business associates, partners and yes, even our competitors.
A nationally recognized industry organization ServeNow has established themselves as a champion of this issue and launched an official Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers (PAAPRS) Campaign website on October 4, 2012. In just a few short months, ServeNow has begun compiling irrefutable evidence to support the need for tougher laws to protect those in our industry. In addition, they offer valuable resources to gain media attention for these assaults, build support through local industry associations, and push this issue to the forefront with lawmakers nationwide. ALIASS is proud that our two of our professional associations are standing up to publicly endorse the PAAPRS campaign: National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) and Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Process Servers (MAAPPS).
If you are a process server who is assaulted, you should make a formal report of the assault, even if you have no plans to press charges. And then please share your experience with ServeNow as a means of supporting their PAAPRS campaign efforts. And if you have been assaulted in the past, please consider at least reporting your assault through the ServeNow online assault reporting tool. The success of this campaign and the future increased safety of our profession depends on you.
Armed with accurate information regarding the number and severity of assaults, ServeNow and all the PAAPRS supporters can demonstrate the alarming trend nationwide and hopefully achieve the goal of a safer environment for process service. For more information on the campaign, including state-by-state information, tips for a safer serve, and other resources, please visit the PAAPRS website.
Have you ever been assaulted while attempting a serve?