Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Security Review, New Powers for Officers at Manitoba Hospitals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Security Review, New Powers for Officers at Manitoba Hospitals

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Manitoba eyes tighter hospital security

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is reviewing security at health-care facilities and considering new powers for security officers at hospitals.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the move is partly in response to a rise in methamphetamine-related violence.

He adds that a review is long overdue because there are no provincewide guidelines.

The government is looking for a company to do the review and won't say how much the exercise is expected to cost.

The province is also proposing legislation that would give greater powers to security workers at hospitals and other public facilities.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says consultations will help decide how much authority security staff will be given, but he expects it will include power to detain people without being armed. …

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