MetroHealth Medical Center Introduces Full Police Force

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CLEVELAND — A local hospital has been officially outfitted with its own full-service police department.

MetroHealth Medical Center’s Department of Protective Services held a swearing-in ceremony to recognize the newly state-certified police department Wednesday.

The force is comprised of one lieutenant, five sergeants, 53 line officers and four dispatchers. Both state-commissioned Peace Officers and city-commissioned officers will make up the force.

The department went through a six-month certification process by the Ohio Secretary of State, giving the force full authority to arrest and detain on MetroHealth grounds. The force also has the authority to perform investigations and will continue to work in conjunction with the Cleveland Police Department.

The MetroHealth Police Department had been functioning as a security force since 1990, before receiving its state certification.