On November 11th, a former Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health patient stabbed multiple people on the fifth floor of the facility. This has raised awareness among the institution’s officials. As a result, John Hudson, CEO of the Security Consulting Solutions Inc. is now looking to install some drastic security measures to prevent further incidents similar to this one from happening in the future.
Some of the measures consist in installing metal detectors at the entrance or equipping security staff with metal detecting wands. Following the incident, five people suffered from laceration wounds and the Munhall officials are now looking to strengthen security measures through video surveillance. Also, the armed personnel which has been installed shortly after the event is still in place.
Police officers have already apprehended the 38-yearl-old main suspect, Dustin Johnson. According to the officers, he was able to move freely inside the mental health facility and successfully carry out his attack on the fifth floor.
In light of the recent events, Mr. John Hudson strongly believes that mounting security personnel at the entrance, as a first step, will prevent further unfortunate incidents.
“I don’t see any other way right now”, says Mr. Hudson.
With years of vast experience in the field of security to support him, Mr. John Hudson also thinks about installing bulletproof glass, bringing modifications to the elevator, and rerouting people’s ways upon entering the facility.
The event is unprecedented, mainly because the Turtle Creek Valley is a lot different than other larger psychiatric hospitals. On the fifth floor, the patients are part of a mild community program and they are free to move around as they please. Moreover, some people who seek admission base their request on addiction issues or court-ordered evaluations.
The executive director of the Turtle Creek Valley mental health facility, Fran Sheedy Bost, strongly believes that no institution that has been otherwise opened to the public in the past should become an armed fortress. However, both Mr. Hudson, as well as Mr. Bost, believe something has to change in order to keep the employees and patients safe.
Mr. John Hudson turns at security measures available in school and says that no one should be able to enter a public facility passing a screening test or presenting some form of identification. As far as the Turtle Creek Valley incident is concerned, Mr. Hudson will submit a report for the District Attorney in two weeks due.
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