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Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to discuss safety concerns

Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to discuss safety concerns
Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to discuss safety concerns
Posted at 4:53 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 13:42:54-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Safety in Gadsden County is one of the topics the board of county commissioners is addressing Tuesday night.

The board will consider spending just over $47,000 a year on security services at the Edward J. Butler building.

It's all about keeping the people and employees of Gadsden County safe.

This building is home to the county courthouse, probation office, and state attorney's office and is basically the hub for many of the county-run services.

The problem: Multiple entrances are unlocked during the day and there is no monitoring of people coming in and out. Interim county administrator Dee Jackson says this isn't being brought up because of any particular incident.

It's about being proactive. She says, they see the headlines of deadly shootings and security breaches around the country, and they want to make sure that doesn't happen here, especially because this is such a heavily-used building.

The plan is to hire an armed first responder from the sheriff's office to be stationed on the first floor. That guard would staff the main entrance, walk the perimeter and do security checks, and handle any emergency situations that may come up.

The board of county commissioners meeting starts at 6. We will have more in your news at 11.