U Health Security
The U Health Security division is responsible for the security and safety of the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. The Security Division is broken into two specific areas: University of Utah Health Sciences /School of Medicine and The Huntsman Cancer Hospital/Institute. Hospital Security officers work 24/7 shifts and patrol all areas of the University Hospital, clinics, research facilities, buildings and parking structures. U Health Security has its own dispatch office that has a direct link with the Communications Center, as well as with the University Hospital Emergency Department.
U Health Security officers are responsible for all buildings affiliated with the main hospital including the West Pavilion, Moran Eye Center, School of Medicine, Eccles Critical Care Pavilion, Clinical Neurosciences Center, parking structures and the bridges that connect to Primary Children’s, Moran and CNC. Because the University Hospital is a Trauma I center U Health Security officers have a major role assisting in the Emergency Department with helicopter offloads, crisis patients, and staff/patient/visitor safety concerns.
U Health Security officers are responsible for all areas affiliated with the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Research, HCI/HCH Annex, parking structures and the new research facility. Because the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Research Facility are world renowned, hospital security officers are often called upon to assist with dignitary protection, as was the case when the Dali Lama and Vice President Biden visited in 2016.
U Health Security officers respond to all calls for service that range from customer service calls, alarms, assisting with dignitary visits, lost children and citizens, injuries, traffic control, and exposure to contagious or infectious diseases. U Health Security officers respond to criminal disturbances and crimes and are exposed to potentially dangerous or stressful situations that necessitate the use of both self-control and physical force. Security officers work very closely with University of Utah Police, as well as law enforcement agencies from other federal, local and state jurisdictions. U Health Security officers monitor and control access to the buildings, monitor CCTV cameras and respond to other security problems as needed.
U Health Security officers are required to attend extensive training as part of their job. In addition to a Field Training Officer program and Crisis Prevention Training, U Health Security officers are required to maintain yearly training in the following areas: restraints, arrest control tactics, fire, HazMat, radiological monitoring and Air Med Cart training. U Health Security officers are also provided with the opportunity to obtain certification through the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS). U Health Security officers also attend training through both University Safety, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and the University of Utah Hospital.