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    My name is Rich and I've been working at the Altoona Hospital Police Department for 13 years. I am a father of 3 boys, ages 7, 4 and 2 months. My youngest was born Oct 17th and had open heart surgery at 2 weeks old. He needs 2 more, one in Jan and another at 18 to 24 months. Although he had major surgery, he is doing great.

    My department has 23 fulltime officers and we are a 24 hour department. We conduct our own investigations and make our own arrests. Our calls range from escorting an employee or visitor to their vehicle to sexual assaults and every other crime in between. We have approximately 100 CCTV cameras operating 24hrs a day. We are all armed with 9mm Berettas. Reason being, we had an ex-employee that was fired threatening to come in and wipe out employees and administration. We also had some incidents where mental health patients came into the hospital armed with knives and guns threatening people. And with today’s workplace violence its a good thing we are. We are also in the middle of obtaining Tasers; all we have to do is get them passed by the hospital board. We get into a lot of physical altercations with mental health patients drunks and drug overdoses. The only weapons we have are our hands and our guns with nothing in between. We use our hands a lot which in a few cases officers have been hurt seriously. I had my kneecap dislocated which requires surgery, I was kicked by a drug dealer from Philly that OD'd on his own product, he was 6'2" and weight 325 (I'm 5'9 and 200). Another officer had his shoulder dislocated and has been off for 1 1/2 years after having 3 surgeries. We believe that the tasers would greatly reduce officer injuries. I look forward to conversing with you all. Stay safe.

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    Welcome! Interesting that you only carry a firearm. I think anyone w/ a firearm should carry OC too, IMO. I recently applied to hospital security myself.
    If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

    "People look to you to dig them out of life threatening dung - that is an awesome responsibility and should be honoured with your blood and sweat in preparation for the day when you may have to work very hard to save someone you might not even know or like. If you are terrible at your job, somebody gets blinded/maimed/disfigured or killed."-Slack

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    • #3
      Rich, welcome to the forum. Enjoy!
      Enjoy the day,
      Bill

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      • #4
        welcome, good to see ya joined us.
        Its not how we die that counts.....
        Its not how we lived that counts....
        all that matters is how we saved that one life that one time by being in the right place at the right time....

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        • #5
          Welcome abord! I am sure your experience will be a bennifit to all, I worked hospital security (not police) in the past myself, so know where your comming from. Gotta love the sweet grandma with a brain tumor, who you're watching cuz she tried to push someone in a wheel chair down the stairs, yet she hugs you and treats you lie a grandson/man of her dreams all the time.
          I'm the guy you don't want to be around when your doing something wrong, but you can't wait for me to get there when your down, to fix you up...

          If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

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          • #6
            Rich, welcome to the forum.

            If you have any questions about hospital security this is the place to be as alot of the members are in that field.

            I was one of those people that the hospital security in my area did not want to see often, the local police officer , who was bringing in a looney-toon, (what we call in California a 5150 W&I, or more politically correct, a mental hold.)

            So, if you have a mental ward at your hospital, and you love dealing with them (the looney's) as much as the security at the hospital I usually took them to, I'll say SORRY for the agony it may bring you, from your local city P.D. guys, as they are just doing their job.

            Anyway, welcome aboard, have fun.

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            • #7
              Welcome. Hospital police/security has to be one of the more challenging assignments. Although I wouldn't want to work at one, I'm glad that you joined the forum.
              Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tacscuba View Post
                Welcome! Interesting that you only carry a firearm. I think anyone w/ a firearm should carry OC too, IMO. I recently applied to hospital security myself.
                I would imagine having a baton in addition to that OC would allow greater flexibility when varying response in relation to the force continuum, from closed hand to lethal force is too huge a leap IMHO

                BTW welcome to the SIW forums!
                Last edited by Maelstrom; 12-11-2007, 11:23 PM.
                "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                • #9
                  Well I'll be damned! My father used to be the President/CEO of Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital (which is now part of the Altoona Regional Health System.) I grew up in that area, but moved to NJ at the age of 18. I can't believe you're working at Altoona Hospital, though. I used to know quite a few people there... That's pretty crazy!

                  Anyway, welcome aboard.

                  Erik
                  Last edited by Security; 12-11-2007, 11:53 PM.
                  111th PAPD Class
                  Bravo Platoon 4th Squad

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rauker View Post
                    My name is Rich and I've been working at the Altoona Hospital Police Department for 13 years. I am a father of 3 boys, ages 7, 4 and 2 months. My youngest was born Oct 17th and had open heart surgery at 2 weeks old. He needs 2 more, one in Jan and another at 18 to 24 months. Although he had major surgery, he is doing great.

                    My department has 23 fulltime officers and we are a 24 hour department. We conduct our own investigations and make our own arrests. Our calls range from escorting an employee or visitor to their vehicle to sexual assaults and every other crime in between. We have approximately 100 CCTV cameras operating 24hrs a day. We are all armed with 9mm Berettas. Reason being, we had an ex-employee that was fired threatening to come in and wipe out employees and administration. We also had some incidents where mental health patients came into the hospital armed with knives and guns threatening people. And with today’s workplace violence its a good thing we are. We are also in the middle of obtaining Tasers; all we have to do is get them passed by the hospital board. We get into a lot of physical altercations with mental health patients drunks and drug overdoses. The only weapons we have are our hands and our guns with nothing in between. We use our hands a lot which in a few cases officers have been hurt seriously. I had my kneecap dislocated which requires surgery, I was kicked by a drug dealer from Philly that OD'd on his own product, he was 6'2" and weight 325 (I'm 5'9 and 200). Another officer had his shoulder dislocated and has been off for 1 1/2 years after having 3 surgeries. We believe that the tasers would greatly reduce officer injuries. I look forward to conversing with you all. Stay safe.
                    Howdy Rich, and welcome. I'm a Campus Police Officer here in Dallas, years ago I worked a year as a (non-sworn) Public Service Officer (PSO) with the Baylor Health Care System Police, mainly us PSOs handled non-emergency calls and patient/staff/visitor escorts while the Hospital Police handled the big stuff. That's how it was supposed to work, but more than once I found myself in a "hands on" sitution LOL.

                    Having done that I have the utmost respect for what you do. Welcome aboard.
                    ~Black Caesar~
                    Corbier's Commandos

                    " "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." ~Margaret Thatcher

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Security View Post
                      Well I'll be damned! My father used to be the President/CEO of Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital (which is now part of the Altoona Regional Health System.) I grew up in that area, but moved to NJ at the age of 18. I can't believe you're working at Altoona Hospital, though. I used to know quite a few people there... That's pretty crazy!

                      Anyway, welcome aboard.

                      Erik
                      What is your dad's name?

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                      • #12
                        Welcome

                        Welcome sound like ya'll have act together. What type of beretta you carry 92, px4 or 90 two?
                        CAPTAIN KOOLAID 9594


                        oh ya

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                        • #13
                          Welcome

                          As a fellow junior member, welcome. You will not regret your choice of joining the group. Just browsing through the different threads, you will pick up a lot. I have already
                          You are not defeated unless you believe you are -Fernando
                          The world is full of willing people; some willing to work and the rest willing to let them - Robert Frost

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                          • #14
                            Hello Rich. Sounds like you have your hands full there! LOL. Enjoy.

                            Be Safe,

                            Hank
                            " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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