Security measures stepped up at Justice Center, more expected
Anyone using the Justice Center today witnessed only the beginning of many security changes being made at the Justice Center.
Last night Commissioner's Court held a special meeting and their law enforcement officials agreed stricter security measures should be taken at the facility.
At last night’s, meeting County Commissioners and local law enforcement meant business when they said security changes would take effect immediately: Orange cones were directing people to the metal detectors installed this morning at each entrance on the first level of the justice center.
"Sheriff Martin Cuellar says having metal detectors installed at every entrance of the Justice Center will keep anyone wanting to cause harm to employees away."
"People see these things they turn around and go the other way. They also take it to where if they're going to come through with devices, it lets them be caught in the process of coming in, bringing a gun, knife, or things like that, " and people using the facility today say they feel much safer.
"They make me feel safe and they’re for the best of our security."
The metal detectors are only the beginning.
"The X-Ray machine we want to get also will be deployed hopefully within a week once we get it," and the $226,000 approved by Commissioners Court last night will be used to install additional camera inside and to the exterior of the building.
"Data on video camera will allow authorities to look back at who caused the individual offense so they can be prosecuted."
All those remaining changes will be done in phases.
According to Sheriff Martin Cuellar, within the next 3 months additional security cameras and barricades will all be installed.
Those X-Ray machines are expected to be in use in about a week.