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.