With the goal of protecting the community, the DuBois City Police department will be providing extra security for Penn Highlands DuBois.
DuBois City Manager Herm Suplizio said they’ve been working on this partnership with Penn Highlands for several years.
“We think this will be a very very excited endeavor for both the city of DuBois and Penn Highlands,” he said.
Rhonda Halstead, Vice President of Support Services and Penn Highlands Clearfield President said, “This partnership will work alongside the security team that we have now. We’re very excited about this partnership.”
Halstead said Penn Highlands will cover all costs for this additional coverage.
Assistant Chief Dustin Roy who will head the security team said an increased police presence is always needed at the hospital.
“Unfortunately, there are assaults and anytime you have a lot of people at that type of facility, mental health calls. There’s a whole range of calls that we handle service wise at Penn Highlands facility,” explained Chief Roy.
Councilwoman Shannon Gabriel said this partnership hits home for her, “My full time passion is mental health and that is inter-logged with everything that we’ve experienced this year with COVID. The chief has welcomed additional training for his staff that I feel is going to be very beneficial in this merger.”
Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers said these services will have a huge impact on the community.
The City of DuBois will hire up to six full time officers to provide these services for Penn Highlands.