A hospital in Muncie, Ind., is forming its own police force in a move organizers say will reduce the need to call outside agencies for help.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will launch its police department April 3 at a swearing-in ceremony, the Star Press reported.
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 said having a police force will allow the hospital to avoid draining resources from other departments and ensure that officers receive consistent training. The hospital currently has a 37-member security team consisting of law enforcement officers from other agencies.