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5/25/05-Tyler

Law Officers: Securing Public Buildings A Challenge

A lot of talk lately about boosting security at East Texas courthouses and other public buildings.

But law enforcement officers are finding it difficult to secure the buildings to keep you safer. A big problem they're facing is that many of those buildings were built decades or even more than a century ago, during safer times. And historical societies want to keep them that way.

"It's hard to go in and put in any kind of security enhancements to these buildings -- physical -- cameras and things, 'cause a lot of these buildings, they don't want you to put holes in the side of them or screws or nails or anything," Drew Arthur, senior judicial security inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service, said.

To bring attention to those and other security issues, the U.S. Marshals Service held an all-day training seminar today for law officers from 43 surrounding counties.

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

 

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