K-9 Security Officer
NCMC’s Security K-9, Bear, began his job on May 25, 2010. Bear is a Slovakian shepherd and makes his rounds with Security Officer Josh Desmond. The two put in 200 hours of training to become certified and receive 16 hours each month of continuous training. The pair is certified in crowd control, patrol, protection and search and tracking.
Bear and Josh work 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, patrolling the hospital’s campus – both indoors and outdoors.
The presence of a K-9 immediately calms tense situations, which can be especially helpful in the Emergency department where they often encounter emotional patients and visitors.
Visitors, patients and staff are asked not to engage Bear or pet him while he is working as it can be confusing for him. Josh walks on the opposite side of the hallway with Bear toward the wall to minimize distractions and interactions with staff and visitors.