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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


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Security and Safety Tips

Officer Buck and Officer Freeman provide protection and assistance to Veterans, patients and staff at McGuire VAMC.

Monday, August 8, 2011

 McGuire VAMC Police provide a full range of law enforcement services to our Veterans, patients, staff and visitors. Team members are put through a rigorous training program before reporting to duty and are trained in CPR and considered “first responders” during an emergency or national disaster.

Our team uses high tech cameras in the parking lots and low light areas; highly visible uniforms, radios, electronic surveillance, and other security assets, to ensure the medical center campus, property and people are safe. Some of the services may include:

Escort Service

VA Police are available to provide escort service to and from the building to anyone so requesting it. Escorts can only be done on facility grounds and cannot be provided to homes, other hospitals or to any areas off of VA property. Escort service is available twenty-four hours a day by contacting the Police Office. VA Police monitor employees entering and exiting the parking areas during change of shifts, using a variety of surveillance cameras and/or police personnel.

Photo Identification

Photo ID's are issued to employees, volunteers and contractors of the VA Medical Center and must be worn at all times while in facility. Your ID also serves as your gate entry card, at some sites, into the employee parking areas. Should your ID be lost, damaged or need replacement, a new card may be requested in accordance with the facilities medical center policy.

Access To Secure Areas

Certain areas within the facility have been designated as high security areas with access being controlled utilizing access control systems (keypads/card readers). Authorization to access these areas is controlled by the Service Chief with the Police Service providing access codes/cards as appropriate.

Physical Security

Security of personal and government property is everyone's responsibility. Each employee is responsible for securing their personal belongings and for ensuring that their work area is secure when unattended. VA Police conducts annual physical security surveys of high security areas as well as daily checks of all buildings/rooms. Areas found unsecured will be checked for foul play and then secured. Follow-up actions will be made by the Chief of Police with the Service Chief whose areas contained the security violation.

Vehicle Registration

All employees, volunteers, students and contractors are required to register their privately owned vehicles with the VA Police and park in appropriate parking areas.

Community Education

Areas include workplace violence, prevention and management of disruptive behavior, employee orientation, and emergency preparedness. Contact the Chief of Police for specific programs.

Motorist Assists

Ask the Police about providing jump-starts and vehicle unlocks if you are visiting the medical center. We offer this to our Veterans free of charge. You will need to be able to prove ownership of the vehicle and sign a release form. For more information, contact our Police Department @ 804 675-5000.