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Institutional Safety Officers to enhance security at HSC Winnipeg


"Institutional safety officers will bring an added layer of training and expertise to addressing and maintaining the safety of staff, patients, and visitors at HSC,"  said Dr. Shawn Young, Chief Operating Officer at HSC Winnipeg.
Institutional Safety Officers take thier post on April 15.

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer


Winnipeg, April 11, 2024 -A program launched by the PC Government, Institutional Safety Officers (ISOs) will begin their duties on April 15th the Provincial Government announced on Thursday, April 10.


ISOs, who are trained professionals responsible for ensuring safety and security at various facilities across the province, including hospitals and post-secondary institutions, will now be stationed at HSC Winnipeg. Equipped with extensive training in public safety, crime prevention, de-escalation techniques, and enforcement of provincial laws, ISOs bring a wealth of expertise to their role.


In addition to their standard training, ISOs deployed in healthcare environments like HSC Winnipeg undergo specialized training to handle mental health situations. This training enables them to accept mental health patients from law enforcement and ensure their safety until they can be seen by healthcare professionals.


The introduction of ISOs at HSC Winnipeg marks a significant step forward in the facility's efforts to enhance safety for staff, patients, and visitors. Dr. Shawn Young, Chief Operating Officer at HSC Winnipeg, emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, "Institutional safety officers will bring an added layer of training and expertise to addressing and maintaining the safety of staff, patients, and visitors at HSC."


The decision to equip ISOs with pepper gel reflects ongoing evaluations by Shared Health and partners regarding suitable security equipment within a healthcare setting. This move underscores the government's commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals within the healthcare environment.


The deployment of ISOs is part of a broader strategy to improve safety and security at HSC Winnipeg. Previous enhancements include upgrades to security cameras and panic alarms, installation of lighting, and renovations to the parkade.

As part of the implementation plan, additional training classes for ISOs are currently underway, with further sessions scheduled over the next three months. In total, 105 ISO positions will be filled, with successful candidates deployed at various healthcare facilities including St. Boniface Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, Brandon Regional Health Centre, and Selkirk Mental Health Centre.


The introduction of Institutional Safety Officers at HSC Winnipeg represents a proactive approach to addressing security concerns and ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for those receiving and delivering care.

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