Muncie hospital to launch police department

(WISH Photo, file)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana hospital is forming its own police force in a move organizers say will reduce the need to call outside agencies for help.

The Star Press reports IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will launch its police department April 3 at a swearing-in ceremony.

Legislation signed into law last May allows the governing board of a hospital to establish a police department. Officers must complete training, undergo a psychological evaluation and submit to a national criminal background check.

Incoming Chief Doug Hale says having a police force will allow the hospital to avoid draining resources from other departments and ensure that officers receive consistent training.

Everyone working part-time as a security officer at the hospital will be given the opportunity to join the department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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