November is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month in Canada.
The annual campaign hosted by the Canada Safety Council offers advice to Canadians to live in security within their own community. One of the initiatives in 2016 is to get to know your neighbours; ensuring that together, the better we know each other, the safer we will be.
Working with clients to develop tailored security programs to meet unique needs is just one of the ways our teams work together to build safer communities throughout the province.
Client Service Manager Chris Van den Berg shared his perspective on the company’s initiatives:
Paladin is passionate about supporting many local charities, community organizations, and being involved in our communities. We truly believe that being a part of any industry comes with the responsibility of contribution and getting involved. Paladin attracts, recruits, and retains the most competent and passionate security professionals in the industry.
We provide high quality professional security services to address both personal and business security related issues. We work closely with our clients’ businesses and communities in which they operate to resolve problems. Paladin is proud of the services we provide in our communities. We strive daily to provide a safe and secure environment for those who live, work, or visit the beautiful province of Nova Scotia.
Community facilities, such as healthcare facilities, pose major risks when it comes to crime and safety. Paladin has been providing security services in the demanding healthcare environment for nearly 25 years. As the leading provider in Canada, serving more than 200 healthcare facilities coast to coast, our clients rely on us to protect their assets, patients, visitors and caregivers. We take this responsibility very seriously and care deeply about the impact it has on the patients, whom are the members of our communities.
Healthcare Operations Manager, Thomas Taggart shared his insight to the impact,
Overall, community safety runs parallel to that of the Healthcare Security program. When an event or incident happens in the community, there is an extremely likely possibility that the nearest hospital will be affected in some way. Whether it be receiving injured parties, and/or risk of retaliation of violence to parties now receiving hospital treatment, or the risk that due to the inherent openness of the hospital environment, violent acts spill into the healthcare facility from the community.
Our trained teams work hard to ensure that the security department and hospital itself play an active role in community safety and overall engagement with the community. This proactive approach, very similar to the customer service approach we strive to provide within our facilities, is key to our ability to potential avert a crisis should a situation find itself within our facilities.
The reality is that hospitals are one of the corner stones of each community. At some point almost every community member will have cause to enter a hospital. If the patient centered environment is the philosophy of the hospital, then in actuality that extends out into the community. Being proactive in this sense, from a security stand-point and a clinical stand-point can not only serve to reduce the risk to the healthcare facility, but through health promotion and overall safety initiatives, can serve to reduce the number of community members requiring hospital based services.
Knowing the people and organizations around you can bring a sense of security. Our teams from coast to coast are dedicated individuals making an impact in many different industries. During National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month, take the time to learn more about the supportive organizations in your area! Together, we can make the world a safer and friendlier place!