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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System to Hold Commissioning Ceremony for Security Officers Officers honored for promotion to State Certified Level III Commissioned Security Officers January 16, 2020

Beaumont, TX – CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is proud to announce a commissioning ceremony honoring the promotion of its security force. In a Catholic health care setting, the commissioning of the security officers is a crucial part of ensuring the faith-based principles of care and compassion are the foundation of the security team’s path and direction moving forward.

Following months of training, security officers for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System have been certified by the state of Texas as Level III commissioned security officers – allowing the officers to carry firearms.

In addition to firearms, security officers with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System will be equipped with new uniforms, marked security vehicles and new body armor vests which had previously only been available to law enforcement officers.

In preparation for their promotions, officers received 45 hours of training, which at times exceeded the level of training required by other local entities. The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas security team also implemented virtual reality headsets into their training regimen – simulating emergency situations inside of virtual models of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facilities.

“Each day we see sobering reminders that our world can be volatile at times,” explains CHRISTUS Southeast Texas President and CEO, Paul Trevino, “So, we felt it was important to be proactive and to be prepared in case of emergency. When our patients visit our facilities, we want them to focus on getting well, and when our Associates come to work, we want them to focus on providing excellent care in a safe environment. We are confident that the training our dedicated security officers have received will ensure that those goals are met.”