Parkland named one of the most secure hospitals by Security magazine
Police department named to annual list for third consecutive year
February 21, 2013
Parkland Health & Hospital System was ranked 15th on Security magazine’s “2012 Security 500” list, recognizing organizations worldwide for best security practices. Parkland is among 80 hospitals and medical centers from across the county named to the list.
This is the third time the Parkland Police Department has received national recognition from the publication for its efforts in creating a safe and secure environment for patients, staff and visitors.
Members of the Parkland Police Department continually conduct training programs such as workplace violence prevention, infant protection, active shooter training and security awareness for employees. In addition, several members of the department have received certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The certification provides an additional level of safety as police officers are the first to respond to a call for assistance.
“Ensuring that we are providing a safe environment for everyone is key to our role as police officers,” said Ken Cheatle, Parkland’s Chief of Police. “We have a dedicated group of officers who take their roles and responsibilities very seriously. Our officers receive continuous training and we are always implementing best practices and innovative ideas to make sure we provide a safe environment for everyone at all of Parkland’s facilities across the county.”
Unlike most hospitals in the United States Parkland has its own fully operational police department, including investigations, patrol, parking, communication and a crime prevention unit. The department, which was the first of its kind in Texas, is comprised of 63 sworn, 15 non-sworn officers, seven communication officers and 10 civilian employees. Officers respond to more than 100,000 calls each year.
The “2012 Security 500” list is based on data from a security industry benchmarking survey as well as public resources and records. The list can be found at http://www.securitymagazine.com.