Hospital Security Officer – UWMC – NW


23266 (NE H SEIU 1199NW UWMC Northwest Service and Maintenance)
23267 (NE NE H NI SEIU 1199NW UWMC Northwest Service and Maintenance)


Promote and maintain hospital security and safety by enforcing rules and regulations to provide for the safety of patients, staff, visitors, and the facilities at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)-Montlake (ML)and its associated offsite clinics or University of Washington (UWMC)-Northwest (NW) and its associated offsite clinics.


At UWMC-Montlake (ML) and its associated offsite clinics or UWMC-NW and its associated offsite clinics, perform general duty security work to protect life and property, enforce laws and ordinances, maintain order, and prevent and investigate crime.


Under general direction, provide security by enforcing hospital regulations and local, state, and federal laws at UWMC facilities. Physically restrain out-of-control individuals and patients during involuntary admissions and transfers.

This class is distinguished from the Campus Security Officer by a work location of UWMC-ML or UWMC-NW, which results in frequent contact with inmates, psychiatric and suicidal/homicidal patients, out-of-control individuals, and other mentally and medically vulnerable populations.


Patrol and inspect assigned areas of facilities on foot or by vehicle to ensure a safe and secure environment;

Regulate and control access to assigned areas;

Serve as a liaison and public relations representative with patients, visitors, and staff for matters related to security and public safety; coordinate with medical professionals, police officers, firefighters, and senior management;

Investigate accidents, theft reports, threats and other crimes; issue citations for violations; gather evidence; locate witnesses; appear in court as required; perform incident investigation and dispatch duties; maintain routine records; collect and maintain chain of custody of evidence when necessary;

Respond to calls and emergency codes to assist medical personnel; perform close protection escorts of staff;

Perform verbal and/or physical de-escalation of out of control patients, family members, and or visitors; physically evict out-of-control people;

Perform application of medical restraints to suicidal/homicidal patients and violent/out-of-control patients; assist law enforcement in applying security restraints to forensic patients from various Department of Corrections facilities (jails and prisons);

Perform various duties in connection with psychiatric units, including escort of patients to Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) court, and deployment of Turtle Shield entry for barricaded behavioral health patients;

Operate department communication equipment; answer telephone inquiries; receive reports of criminal activity; dispatch foot and mobile units; operate paging system; monitor alarm systems; prepare and distribute reports;

Conduct searches and removal of contraband from patient rooms as requested by medical/clinical staff;

Maintain security of morgues and perform authorized diseased body release to funeral homes, medical examiner, etc.;

Assist city or county police and state patrol in cases of emergency; work with law enforcement for warrant executions; and

Perform related duties as required.


High School graduation or equivalent; possession of a valid driver’s license; no previous felony convictions; AND two years of full-time college in police science or allied field;


two years of police or campus security experience.


  • New Class: 10-1-2021 establishing separate class for UWMC-ML.
  • From 5-6-10 to 9-30-21 this work was in UW job class 17638 CAMPUS SECURITY OFFICER (SEIU Local 925 Non-Supervisory).
  • New Class: 10-16-2022 established for SEIU 1199NW UWMC Northwest Service and Maintenance.