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A Leicestershire Police Officer is now based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) in a bid to improve front line visibility and crime prevention within the hospital and its grounds.
The initiative, which started in April, sees PC Fabian Culverwell working with patients, staff, partners and visitors. His tasks include offering crime prevention advice, education and aiming to resolve any ongoing problems at the LRI requiring strategic resolution.
PC Culverwell will be working to a dedicated remit of policing responsibilities and is not in place to replace the hospitals security team or infrastructure.
About taking on the role, PC Culverwell said: “Due its size and community, including those receiving care and those who work there, the hospital is like a Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) in itself. It makes sense to have a dedicated officer to serve within it.
“My role will be to co-operatively work with LRI management and security to resolve ongoing issues in and around the hospital. It will be to identify crime trends, be a visible presence and provide crime prevention advice to employees and visitors. I am looking forward to working alongside my NHS colleagues within this new and exciting role."
Deputy Head of Nursing for the Emergency Department at the University Hospitals of Leicester, Kerry Morgan, said: “We have developed a strong cohesive link with the police and have undertaken a number of successful joint initiatives, most recently with the police being based in the emergency department to support staff, patients and visitors.
“We look forward to working alongside PC Culverwell and the team and to continue to build on the positive working relationships that we have developed.”