How Hospital Security Officers Differ from School and University Officers

There are some parts of hospital security officers’ job description that don’t apply to traditional or school police.

Hospital security officers have many of the same responsibilities as their colleagues at schools and universities.

The safety of everyone on their campus is priority number one, and doing things like preparing for emergencies and conducting threat assessments is a big part of the job.

But hospital security officers also have unique responsibilities that set them apart from their brethren in the educational community.

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Campus Safety has reported on common and crazy crimes committed in hospitals, and even instances where officers assume the role of clinical staff in emergency situations.

But there are also important differences in the everyday work of security officers in hospitals and fundamental distinctions when it comes to things like equipment and training.

In order to take a closer look at these differences, we’ve put together a list of ways officers working in hospitals differ from other security officers.

Special thanks to Bryan Warren, the Director of Corporate Security at Carolinas HealthCare System, for helping us with the list.

Now check out the slideshow and tell us if we missed anything!

About the Author


Zach Winn is a journalist living in the Boston area. He was previously a reporter for Wicked Local and graduated from Keene State College in 2014, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and minoring in political science.

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