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Southwest General's Protection Services Department Transitions to New Police Department

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Caroline Fienga
Interactive Media & Public Relations Specialist
440-816-6723 (office)
216-299-7727 (cell)

Southwest General’s Protection Services Department
Transitions to New Police Department


Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 a.m. | Doors Open
11 a.m. | Ceremony Begins
Southwest General’s Main Campus
(Williams Conference Center, Rooms A-D, Basement, L. Jon Schurmeier Pavilion)
18697 Bagley Rd.
Middleburg Hts., OH 44130

WHAT: On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Southwest General’s Protection Services Department will officially be sworn in as the new “Southwest General Police Department” at a special swearing-in ceremony.

“The hospital’s Protection Services officers, all of whom are commissioned police officers through the state of Ohio, will be sworn in and receive a new hospital, police-designated badge,” explains Tristan Harker, chief, Protection Services, Southwest General.

WHY: With increased cases of workplace violence, it has become an industry standard for hospitals to have their own private Police Department.

“Transitioning to a Police Department adds a level of security to the hospital that helps us to create a safer environment overall for our patients, visitors, and staff,” said Chief Harker. “Additionally, it grants us access to law enforcement information and capabilities we currently do not have, such as the ability to arrest and file charges as well as run a license plate or driver’s license or check for active warrants or criminal history.”

According to Harker, the Middleburg Heights Police Department will continue to have overriding authority on all cases.

Visuals include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony by Judge Mark Comstock
  • Family members presenting badges to Southwest General officers
  • Remarks were given by:
    • William A. Young, Jr., president, and chief executive officer, Southwest General
    • Mayor Matthew Castelli, Middleburg Heights

If you are interested in attending the event, or to schedule an interview, please contact Caroline Fienga, public relations specialist, at 440-816-6723 or

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 352-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families, and communities it serves. For more information, visit or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.