City Hall considers new security measures

Dec 24, 2013

Visitors to City Hall may soon enter through metal detectors as officials consider ways to secure the public structure.

Visitors face little scrutiny when entering through the many doors at City Hall.
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Acting on the recommendation of the Police Department, the Council voted Monday to set up a security committee with the Brown Administration to look at security in City Hall.

Right now, there is a police officer in the Treasury and another outside Mayor Brown's office. The Treasury officer is fallout from 40 years ago when the Treasury was robbed, a daylight event remembered in the movie, "Hide In Plain Sight."

Outgoing Council President Richard Fontana says council members had been talking about security before the police recommendation and agreed to a committee.

"Currently, this building is not very secure when it comes down to potential threats to public safety," Fontana said.

"So, one of the last things that we are doing for the year this year is create a committee that will look at how do we improve safety here in City Hall, which could down the road lead to people being checked as they come in."

One security consideration is to lock some of City Hall's lesser-used doors.
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Fontana says one reason for security concerns is that the landmark building has a lot of doors and that may have to change.

He says increased security may cost more money but an incident without tighter security might cost even more and that's why he favors more controls.