Hospitals embrace police protection

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:826

A police station has been opened inside a Welsh hospital in an attempt to prevent thefts and assaults on staff. Swansea's Morriston Hospital now has a police room and the services of Police Constable Gareth James, backed up by regular visits from other Swansea police, who are encouraged to drop in during their breaks.

According to PC James, who is a trained community policeman, hospital police work is not usually dramatic. “I deal mostly with simple walk in thefts, auto thefts from the parking lot, and things like that. Also we can use the room to interview people …

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