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Security improvements at Government Center

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Olmsted County Government Center is looking to increase the building's security measures.

The improvements would include adding metal detectors, X-ray machines and would re-route foot traffic above the first floor to a single point of entry.

The Olmsted County Government Center is the largest facility of its kind in Minnesota that doesn't already have metal detectors in place.

Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller said recent violence in courthouses nationwide has prompted the new plan.

"Across the country today, we've had a number of incidences that have occurred at government centers or courthouses, and from a safety and security standpoint of the justice system, we want to make sure the courts, where we have an expectation of justice, that we have a safe and secure area for that to occur," Mueller said.

Mueller said the county will have to hire as many as five full-time staff members to accommodate the changes.

Additional security measures are expected to be in place by the end of the year.

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