Public safety
1:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council Member wants metal detectors back at Cincinnati City Hall

A Cincinnati Council Member wants to reinstall metal detectors at the entrance to City Hall.  

Cecil Thomas said in a press release the current protocol of having people sign a register as they enter the building doesn't deter violence.  He said anyone could carry a weapon into the building.
Thomas points out federal and county public facilities use metal detectors.  

City Hall had the security devices from late 2003 until early 2006.  They were installed after then Vice Mayor Alicia Reece was in New York when a council member was killed in a shooting incident at the city hall there.  

Mayor Mark Mallory had them removed soon after he took office in December 2005 in an effort to make City Hall more open and accessible.