Hennepin County court security re-imagined

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 10:08 PM

Southdale court closing, $14 million in changes are proposed.

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lawyerguyNov. 26, 1211:42 PM

Gee, how many assaults have occured at the Southdale Court facility? None. How many violent crimes have taken place at the Ridgedale and Brookdale courthouses before security was installed? None. How many assaults at the violations bureau? None. This is a solution in search of a problem. The existing security system at the Government Center is tedious and offensive. If it is really designed for security all county employees including commissioners should be screened as well. If they waited in line for twenty minutes and had to take off their shoes and belts in January I suspect the desire for screening would quickly dissipate.

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jackpinesavNov. 27, 12 8:25 AM

Worked in the system for 35 years. Technology should allow us to resolve most of these cases without direct court appearance. Folks can plead to a tv camera from other locations, and give their excuses prior to paying fine. Focus the problem on the dangerous potential of Family Court, criminal court, etc. And Cook County was operating like "Andy of Mayberry", allowing just convicted offender to go back to his vehicle BEFORE sentencing. Duh!

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NHMomNov. 27, 12 8:42 AM

Lawyerguy is not 100% correct. Employees & COmmissioners at the Government Center are screened. If you leave your badge at home by accident, you have to go through the public screening side and remove metal items, shoes, etc just like everybody else. If you have your cardkey badge, you can go through the employee screening side. Nobody can just waltz into the Government Center Towers without screening.

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furguson11Nov. 27, 12 9:54 AM

"NHMom-Employees & COmmissioners at the Government Center are screened." Only if you forget your badge. Otherwise you just walk through.

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furguson11Nov. 27, 12 9:56 AM

I wonder the state of a world where government officials feel the need to write 100 page unreleased recommendations and stay behind locked doors where you need to pass through metal detectors to see them.

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furguson11Nov. 27, 12 9:59 AM

I'm glad we are spending 14 million to make Judges feel safer. Now how about 5 year olds hiding from gunfire in North Minneapolis. Where do they fall on the priority list?

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NHMomNov. 27, 1211:00 AM

Employeed DO NOT JUST WALK THROUGH - that is wrong information. You have to present your cardkey and be recognized by the security system. If it doesn't beep, you don't go through and have to go through the public scan side. Security calls to the floors above have been reduced drastically since screening was implemented, and all kinds of guns and weapons have been confiscated. I think every office building in downtown Mpls is secured. This is not anything weird or strange to expect in an office building in 2012.

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NHMomNov. 27, 1211:09 AM

furguson11 - would you rather expensive decisions get made WITHOUT any business case describing the problem and options? That would save a ton of time if we could just make decisions based on feelings.

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NHMomNov. 27, 1211:12 AM

ferguson11 - you are talking out of your hat. I dare you to "just walk through" and see what happens to you next. Try it. Go on... Employees have to badge in or you CAN NOT go in the employee entrance. You have to go around to the public screening side.

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lexus09Nov. 27, 1212:25 PM

furguson11--As NHMom has stated, you don't know what you're talking about. If you are an employee you have to pass a backround check to get a badge to scan over at the Gov't Center. If you're going to make statements like this, please back up with some cold hard facts! Duh!

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