As one of a number of security enhancements, the Security department at Long Island Community Hospital has added a Bike Patrol Unit.
“We need to do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of our patients, their visitors and our employees,” states Long Island Community Hospital President and CEO Richard T. Margulis. “That means investing in new technology, hiring trained and experienced professionals and thinking outside the box when it comes to patrolling our campus.”
Eight Security Guards now participate in the bike patrols around the hospital campus on all shifts, performing routine security and providing assistance to patients and employees. In addition to the bike patrols, the 503 bed community hospital has installed additional surveillance technology and hired additional personnel with law enforcement experience.
“All of our Security Officers are either current or former law enforcement officers,” says Mr. Margolis. “In fact, the concept of the Bike Patrol came from Guard Jeff Behrens, a retired Captain of the NYPD Bike Patrol unit, who was also instrumental in introducing the concept and now heads up our program. Eight Security Guards participate in the mobile patrols.