Ride in My Shoes: Shadowing a Henry Ford Police Officer

Not long ago, I spent some time walking in the shoes of Richard Ford, an electrician at Henry Ford Hospital who handles everything from keeping the music playing in the hallways to maintaining our overhead paging and fire systems.

This time around, I spent some time “riding” in the shoes of John Snitgen, a dedicated police officer who has worked at Henry Ford Hospital for more than 10 years.

John and our entire security team are responsible for keeping our hospital campus safe, and I learned more about some of the complexities our police officers face.

And they’re doing a great job: Thanks to our police officers, the crime rates on our campus are similar to or lower than reported crime rates in many suburban cities, such as downtown Birmingham.

Like Richard Ford, John is working in health care because of his passion for people, providing a “can do” attitude and always being ready to lend a helping hand.

John, along with his partner, Henry Ford Hospital Police Officer Neal Stephens, took me on one of his bike patrols around campus. It was a great way to see our campus from yet another perspective.

My time with John only strengthened the respect I have for the team that works hard so everyone on our campus, from patients to our employees, have less to worry about each and every day.

Above is a video recapping a bit of my experience with John.

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  1. Dear Dr. Popovich,

    I love your Walk in My Shoes series! It’s great to see firsthand how everyone at Henry Ford works together to provide the highest quality care for patients and their families. Both Mr. Ford and Officer Snitgen impressed me with their positive outlook and commitment to excellence. We hear so much about the problems in Detroit. It’s nice for a change to hear about these wonderful people who are fully dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Hats off to you, Dr. Popovich, for supporting hospital team member happiness and for caring about the community.


    Karen George

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