AT YOUR SERVICE FOR 12-11-01

AT YOUR SERVICE FOR 12-11-01

A task force of county department directors recently recommended a number of changes related to security of county buildings. The recommendations were evaluated by management, and several are either underway or scheduled to be implemented in the near future.

Both the County Courthouse and the County Manager’s Complex will be fitted with new, heavier-grade locks, and ground-floor windows will be replaced with shatter-proof glass.

All county employees will soon be required to wear photo-identification badges at all times. The badges will contain basic information about the employee’s job and identification. Visitor badges will be issued in most county buildings, as well.

Some doors to county buildings will be converted to exit-only or emergency-exit-only status to route all incoming public traffic through central reception areas where visitor badges can be issued. Upcoming modifications to the Courthouse at 251 W. Amador Ave. will include a large central reception area near the entrance to the new one-stop permitting shop.

Video surveillance cameras will be mounted in and around selected buildings to monitor entrances, and foliage is being cleared away from doors and windows of county buildings. Panic alarms will be installed at many reception areas so that front-line employees can quickly notify others of potential emergencies.
Although each program will be assigned to a specific department, all improvements are, for the time being, being paid for through the County Manager’s budget. The initial cost for the program is about $13,000.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.