A hospital in Queens, N.Y., recently became the first in the city to get armed guards, according to an article on the New York Post website.
Last year’s fatal shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center accelerated program at Northwell Health system. Northwell has 23 hospitals, including six in the city.
The armed guards are all current or former police and carry the same 9 mm handguns, holsters and bullets as NYPD officers.
Northwell also recently formed a “partnership” with the NYPD to hire regular department officers by the hour at some sites.