UKPD highlights history of healthcare safety

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2022) – For nearly two decades, the University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) has kept Britain’s health care system secure, growing alongside its new facility in Lexington.

What began with nearly 20 officers working at Albert B. Chandler Hospital has grown to include approximately 100 security officers also overseeing security at Good Samaritan Hospital (since 2010) and Eastern State Hospital (since 2015).

“The biggest change I have seen during my tenure in UK HealthCare security operations is the growth,” said Lt Greg Hall, who started in health care security in 1987 and joined police operations in 1988. “I began my career in law enforcement as a health care security officer, and to this day we can see how important it is to future sworn law enforcement officers for our police operations.

UK HealthCare security guards undergo several types of training, including the International Association for Health Care Safety and Security (IAHSS) certification process.

“I love helping the community when they visit a healthcare facility in the UK,” said Ron Williams, Senior Security Supervisor. “I enjoy building relationships with patients and healthcare workers. As an officer, you see the healthcare side of operations that others often don’t see, and in our roles we are able to communicate and provide a sense of security in certain situations.

Today, UKPD’s healthcare security team continues to grow, providing safe escorts, responding to assistant calls and providing security at special events on campus. Additionally, a bike patrol unit also helps provide customer service to our community by patrolling the grounds outside of healthcare facilities.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UKPD Security Operations provided N-95 fit testing to ensure respirators were fitted correctly and individuals were adequately protected against the virus.

“Our healthcare security team is a crucial division that helps keep our campus and the wider community safe,” said British Police Chief Joe Monroe. “I am grateful for their service to the university and to the patients we serve across the UK healthcare system.”

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