Parkview Considering Developing Own Police Force

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Parkview Health is considered one of the most secure hospitals in the nation by an online security magazine, and through a new law, the hospital's security director says it could only get safer.

Parkview Health is considering creating its own police force, which would make it the first hospital in the state to do so.

The law allowing hospitals to have their own police force was written by Senator Dennis Kruse (R – Auburn).

Parkview Health Director of Security Tom Rhoades says it's a good time to consider the movie with Fort Wayne and Allen County seeing a record number of homicides this year due to gun violence.

Rhoades says there's always the potential for violence to follow victims through hospital doors.

So far, he says, it hasn't happened at Parkview hospitals, but in case it does, the hospital will be prepared.

Currently, Parkview employs 100 security officers, and uses more than 200 security cameras to safeguard its facility.

Rhoades says he's considering hiring 18 officers for the force.

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