Billings Clinic foots $140K bill for staff police officer

The Billings (Mont.) City Council approved a plan to begin assigning police officers to the Billings Clinic, according to the Billings Gazette.

The city council voted 10-1 on Aug. 13 to assign one police officer to the hospital campus, with a second officer soon to follow.

Under the agreement, the Billings Clinic will pay $140,000 per year for the officer's salary and benefits, vehicle and necessary equipment through June 30, 2021. The clinic plans to hire enough officers to provide around-the-clock coverage at the hospital, the report states.

The first police officer hired to the hospital's security team began working at the facility in June. The officer, and all others soon to join the team, will be scheduled to work four 10-hour shifts per week.

The Billings Clinic and the city have been designing the security program for roughly one year, according to the report.

To access the report, click here.

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