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Published March 28, 2013, 03:19 PM

Disagreement over Ramsey County Courthouse security

The Ramsey County Courthouse is looking to beef up security, but different groups housed at the courthouse have different ideas on how secure the building should be.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The Ramsey County Courthouse is looking to beef up security, but different groups housed at the courthouse have different ideas on how secure the building should be.

A committee got bids on security upgrades including new security cameras and a keycard entry system at doors, leaving the front doors as the only public access point on the building. Committee members say they're trying to balance between drastically different security needs of different groups.

Groups like social services want more security measures, like bullet-resistant glass, while organizations like the NDSU extension want to grant the public full access.

Myrna Heisler, Ramsey County Commissioner: "The county agent doesn't feel he needs a glass door between himself and his clients, but there are other situations where people do feel threatened and we need to address those concerns."

Rhonda Allery, Ramsey County Social Services: "People's finances, and their children. You have a lot of emotion involved, and I just don't feel like our workers are secure."

The committee will send out surveys to each agency in the courthouse asking what security measures they feel should be added.

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