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Threats cause more security at Rath Building

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 11:46:07-04

Erie County's main government building is ramping up its security.

Metal detectors, hand-held screening wands and X-ray machines could be installed at all three of the public entrances at the Rath Building by this fall.

More sheriff's deputies and security guards will also be added to the security upgrade.

"We have had incidents, in the past here, of individuals who have become violent," said County Executive Mark Poloncarz. "We have incidents of threats of violence. In this day and age, we cannot sit back and assume nothing is going to happen."

The Legislature is expected to approve $1.5 million in county reserves for the increased security.