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County Executive Asks for Tighter Security Measures at Arundel Center

Publish Date: 10/04/2013
Metal Detectors to Be Used During Public Meetings and Special Events


Annapolis, MD (October 4, 2013) – In the wake of yesterday’s attempted breach of security on Capitol Hill that resulted in the death of a suspected mentally ill woman, the shooting by a lone gunman at the Navy Yard that left 12 people dead and the death this summer of three people when a gunman opened fire in a northeastern Pennsylvania municipal building, County Executive Laura Neuman has asked for tightened security at the Arundel Center. The increased security measures will be noticed during the County Council meeting on October 7.


“We never like to think of dangers and potential risks, but we have to do what is necessary to protect the public, our employees and the officials who serve the County,” said Executive Neuman. “Citizens who come to conduct business at the Arundel Center, will not see a change, but we will increase security during public meetings and large gatherings. We must operate out of an abundance of caution.”


For Council meetings, for example, visitors will be asked to walk through a County-owned magnetometer in order to access the Council Chambers. In addition, bags will be subject to search. 


Executive Neuman has also asked the County’s Risk Management Safety Division to create an emergency action plan to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. That report is expected to be completed in early November.


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