City officials said due to recent national events and a review of security measures in various locations here in El Paso and statewide, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser worked with City Manager Joyce Wilson to tighten security measures at City Hall.
The following changes were implemented as of Monday, September 23, 2013.
- All city employees must display city ID's while in the building and to gain access. Members of the public are required to sign in at the desk.
-Electronic screening will be re-established at the entrance to the building. All persons entering the building (elected officials, appointed officials, and general public) will be required to go thru electronic screening and random searches of purses and other bags. Everyone is expected to cooperate in this regard.
-Additional security will be deployed to include a separate guard station on the 2nd floor to monitor traffic and to provide enhanced support for Mayor and Council.
- Emergency exits have been alarmed and are now monitored by cameras.
Locally, the County and Federal buildings have similar measures in place as well as other downtown buildings. Statewide, city halls in the top ten Texas big cities have similar securities measures that include scanners, cameras, police officers, security officers and metal detectors.
Officials said the security procedures that are currently in place require the support and cooperation of everyone to ensure that the El Paso City Hall is an environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable to work and conduct business.