Weapon Screenings to Start at Olmsted County Government Center

Created: 04/22/2014 10:54 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County Government Center is upping it's security. The county board of commissioners voted unanimously to install weapon screening, a security measure they say will be the first in south east Minnesota court houses.

Soon, anybody going above the first floor at the government center will have to go through metal detectors at security check points. The $5.6 million project will include making room off the front of the building for two new elevators. In order to get to upper levels, people will use specific elevators or stairways and walk through a weapon screening.

Heightening security has been in discussion for about two years now. County commissioners say it's a good investment to avoid possible risks.

“We want to be proactive with our employees and citizens. We do have a different society now of what's going on and again we want to be proactive and we're concerned about the public and this is just part of the public process now,” said County Board Chair, Matt Flynn.

The earliest the project could be done is the end of 2015.