Muncie hospital to launch police department

(WISH Photo, file)
(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.

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