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Hospital Security Needs Fixing

Dear Source:

"Frett was arrested and advised of his rights at Luis Hospital, Attorney General Vincent Frazer said. Frett would have been remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, but needed to remain hospitalized, he said."
I have a problem with this part of the story if it occurred as you have printed it. I worked in Houston (Harris County Sheriff's Department) and did a tour of duty with the Transportation Division. When a prisoner was arrested and had to be hospitalized, there was a deputy sheriff placed outside or inside his room depending on the level of security. This deputy was posted there for all to see and would have a radio for instant police communications should what happened occur. Deputies were not even permitted to go to the bathroom or get something to eat from the snack room unless they called the station and another deputy physically came and relieved them for that period. What bothers me about the level of security is that this man was in custody according to your report and the perps were able to infiltrate. Where was the officer assigned to watch this inmate?
I hold a Master's degree in Security Management and am appalled at the ineffective measures the hospital has and the excuses being given to the public. The old fixing the hole after the horse has broken its foot is now being played out by flooding the crime scene with protection after the crime has been committed. This is a clearly an Organized Crime and should be charged as such. An assessment needs to done on the security measures of the hospital and the Correction Bureau Hospital Security measures needs to be overhauled.
No one deserves to die in this manner and my condolences go out to the family even though I do not personally know this young man. The police, corrections, and the hospital need to come together and reassess their security procedure. I recommend two books to them that can greatly assist them in their preparation. The books are Security Operations Management-2nd Edition by Robert D. McCrie and The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems by Mary Lynn Garcia. I pray they look at these books and try to prevent this from happening again.

C.G. Walwyn
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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