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Local Hospital to Contract Armed Guards

Local Hospital to Contract Armed Guards

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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio Ogden's gang problem is now so serious that one hospital is calling for armed guards.

The Ogden Regional Medical Center has inked a deal with the Weber County Sheriff's Office. The contract will provide armed security so rival gangs don't bring their violent grudges to the hospital's front door.

"If there's a gang member that is injured and taken to the hospital, rival gang members or fellow gang members may create a security concern," Undersheriff Kevin McLeod said.

The contract with the hospital is good for one year.

"The contract requires or gives us a time period not to exceed two to three hours to respond," McLeod added.

The current guards at Ogden Regional are unarmed.

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