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Indiana hospital to start its own police department

Hospital Safety Insider, March 20, 2014

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In an effort to make sure officers get proper training in the facility’s unique security needs and to prevent draining community resources, a hospital in Muncie, Ind., will institute its own police department next month.
 
State legislation passed last May allowed IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital to start its department, which will draw staff from its current staff of 37 part-time security officers. Doug Hale, who currently serves as manager of IU Health BMH’s security department, will officially become the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Police Department’s first-ever chief, reports The Star Press of Muncie.
 
The senate bill passed by the Indiana Legislature last year has allowed several other state hospitals to start their own independent police departments, and they will be required to undergo the same strict training and accreditation standards as all other police departments.



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