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Hospital Considers Adding Police Officer to ER Staff

By Crisis Prevention Institute | Posted on 11.19.2010 | 0 comments
Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, PA is debating the addition of a uniformed police officer to the emergency room staff during busy weekends.

The idea was suggested at a meeting of the Centre Region Council of Governments Public Safety Committee after members were informed that intoxicated patients were causing safety concerns and reducing the amount of resources available to other ER patients at the hospital.

Questions surrounding the final decision will include whether an officer is necessary, who would fund the position, and what the officer’s duties would be.

The center already has unarmed guards who constantly patrol the building.

View “Officials Debating Officer in ER” in its entirety. 

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