DMC adds new security contractor, will hire 'select' officers to stay on

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The Detroit Medical Center has contracted security company G4S to "augment and support" security operations at its 10 properties in Metro Detroit, but will keep on a "select number" of officers from its current police authority, the company confirmed Wednesday.

According to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, the DMC is one of 13 agencies in the state that may hire private security police who have arrest authority "while on active duty, on their employer's premises, and in full uniform." 

Other police agencies include those for Detroit Public Schools Community District, General Motors and the Wayne County College Community District. 

The DMC's statement reads, in part, that "G4S will augment and support the DMC’s current Police Authority with armed and unarmed officers throughout our facilities. The Police Authority will remain in place with a select number of current officers. All other members of the Police Authority will have opportunity to seek employment with G4S."

In a second statement, DMC said that its security force will ultimately remain the same size, though it declined to share how many officers it currently employs. 

G4S has already posted a number of positions related to its DMC business on the job-search site, but representatives from the company could not immediately be reached for comment. 

A flier from Jerald James, labor relations specialist with the Michigan Association of Police, informs security officers that the union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the DMC's contract with G4S. James could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, nor could a spokesman for MCOLES.

The Detroit Medical Center is owned by Tenet Health, a Dallas-based company.