Hartford (CBS Connecticut) –– Metal detectors and package scanners will be installed at the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building. State Capitol Police say they hope to have the equipment in place soon after the start of the 2014 session next month. In addition, a bomb-sniffing dog will be added to the force.
Police say the screening, which was recommended after a security evaluation by the federal Department of Homeland Security and the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, will require visitors and outside deliveries to be screened.
Those with identification cards issued by the General Assembly will not be screened, but will use the card at an optical turnstile or security vestibule, depending on the entrance. There will be no package delivery at the Capitol Building itself. (See plan for various entrances)
Police say legislative leaders have approved the plan, which was drawn up after visits to other state capitols where metal detectors are in use — Albany, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Trenton, New Jersey and Providence, Rhode Island.
Police say each year 150,000 people visit the state capitol, including 25,000 students on school trips.
The weapons detection equipment joins other security measures which have been implemented at the Capitol, including cameras and recording equipment, emergency call boxes, more Capitol Police and training for building employees.