Fresno city council approves new security measures at city hall

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Changes are coming to Fresno City Hall in an effort to enhance security.

On Thursday, city council members gave the green light to the upgrades.

“I think it’s long overdue,” said Council Member, Garry Bredefeld.

“For me, that’s an overreach,” said Council Member, Miguel Arias.

In a 6 to 1 vote, Fresno City Council okayed new security measures.

A baggage scanner, walk-through metal detectors, and even hand-held scanners will be the new norm.

Arias was the only “no” vote.

“An overreaction because we already have armed security in the city, in city hall and we already have significant safety barriers,” Arias said.

Throughout city hall, doors are protected by security key cards, plexiglass divides departments that interact with the public, and there’s armed security.

Now more measures are on the horizon, a nearly $350,000 a year investment, thanks to general funds.

“I think it’s the world that we live in today and we’ve seen examples, basically, wherever there are soft targets is where these maniacs go,” Bredefeld said.

The three points of entry will be a thing of the past transitioning the first floor into the only entrance.

“Which would just lengthen the time to get into city hall,” Arias said.

“We have to make sure that everybody who comes in this building whether it’s our constituents or people who work here are safe and we know city hall has been a soft target,” Bredefeld added.

The council says the changes are expected to be implemented within the next couple of months.

“Not only we’re protecting our elected officials and our staff members here but also the many residents and citizens that come to city hall on a daily basis,” said Mark Standriff, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the City of Fresno.

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