Community News November 24, 2014

Adena Hires Police Chief to Start New Department

Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is launching an on-campus police force, beginning with the recent appointment of Robert Coburn, 57, who has been named Chief of Police.

Coburn is a veteran law enforcement officer, with a strong military background and vast experience in local, state and federal law enforcement training. He will recruit officers to the Adena Police Department (APD), which is one of just 13 such departments in Ohio.

“Over the past several years, the safety and wellbeing of people in public places has become a common concern all over the nation,” said ARMC Vice President Nick Alexander. “The addition of Chief Coburn and the Adena Police Department ensures that we have the resources we need at all times to provide a safe, secure environment for our patients, visitors and our employees.”

The APD was created with the approval of the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, and will operate as its own jurisdiction. This will allow APD officers to be the first responders to any incident that may occur on Adena’s campus. The Department will work closely with the Sheriff’s Office on investigations or cases that need additional support.

However, the addition of a police department does not replace the need for Security personnel at ARMC. The duties of security officers will deal with more service related requests, while the police officers will focus on criminal activity and investigations.

Chief Coburn is developing his overall plan for the Department, and says he plans to add approximately eight certified police officers to the APD. He sees the Department as a value to Adena and to our community. “In my 30 years of law enforcement, I find that hospital policing is truly community policing at its essence,” he said.