Sunday, January 23, 2011

Maine Reviewing Security of State House

"Maine is reviewing security at the State House in the wake of the Tucson shootings. The state purchased metal detectors years ago with federal funds, but Capitol Police Chief Russell Gauvin told legislative leaders yesterday that using them to screen every visitor would cost as much as $300,000.

"Unfortunately, what's happened across the country is lesser measures are put in place until something happens and somebody gets killed and then it's ramped up," he said. "And I'm not saying automatically that means everybody has to screen--that's not what I'm saying."

Gauvin said the state could trim that cost by operating the equipment only on an as-needed basis. But some legislative leaders say they're far from convinced it's worth the cost.

And they point out that securing the State House would still leave unprotected the neighboring Cross Office building, where many legislative hearings are held."
Source:  "Maine Reviewing State House Security", Maine Public Broadcasting Network, January 21, 2011.

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