Former Security Officer Questions Ala. Hospital’s Safety Methods

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A former security officer at Baptist Medical Health South has voiced his concerns over the new non-violent techniques that security officers must employ against combative patients.

Last year, the hospital required its security personnel to use a non-violent crisis prevention technique offered by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), ABC 32 reports. The goal is to provide the security team with skills to safely and effectively respond to hostile or violent behavior.

The former security officer, who wants to remain anonymous, says that while security personnel can carry a gun, they no longer carry Tasers on handcuffs. Without the ability to handcuff a patient, officers’ lives, as well as others in the hospital, are at risk, he contends.

Hospital officials maintain that the new procedures are effective.

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