A POLICE officer has been drafted in to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour at Pinderfields Hospital.
The hospital has launched a pilot scheme which will see police community support officer (PCSO) Glen Kilduff based at Pinderfields to protect the safety of staff and patients.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said he would work with security staff to deal with criminal incidents.
PCSO Kilduff said: “We have a mutual aim to make the hospital site a place where patients, visitors and staff feel safe at all times and this is an excellent way of ensuring that.
“As well as dealing with incidents, this is also about gathering intelligence on key individuals who impact on the safe and efficient running of the hospital and preventing crime and anti-social behaviour before it happens.
“Prevention is better than cure.”
The three-month pilot has been launched by West Yorkshire Police, the trust and Consort Healthcare, the private company which runs the hospital.
PCSO Kilduff will also run crime prevention sessions with hospital staff to reduce crime at Pinderfields.
Juline Brodie, the trust’s security management specialist, said: “Our local people and staff should never feel scared or threatened when they come to hospital.
“We want it to be a safe and pleasant environment for everyone. This is a key aim for us, to ensure that nothing impacts on patient care or experience.”
Insp Richard Close said the scheme would build a strong link between the hospital and the city’s neighbourhood police teams (NPTs).
He said: “This is an excellent opportunity to look at how we can work together to use our service more effectively.
“As well as providing a dedicated uniformed police presence on site, we will also be using it as a way of providing crime prevention advice to patients and hospital staff.