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Sep 06

Security guard will staff desk at City Hall

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM by Mary Bunting


 By now you have probably noticed some of the changes that have occurred in the lobby in City Hall and wondered what is going on. What you are seeing are some of the initial steps toward enhanced building security, which  have  been in the planning stages for several months.

 For many years employees and visitors have enjoyed the freedom to  move about City Hall during normal business hours with virtually no restrictions. However, in today's environment where the threat of terrorism and other forms of violence are always present in our public spaces, we must maintain a heightened sense of awareness of our surroundings and be more vigilant in our efforts to keep our public buildings as  safe as possible. Thus, we are initiating changes to improve security in City Hall and  bring us in line with what has already occurred in City Halls in other localities in the region and around the country.

 Beginning September 16, a security guard will staff the desk that has been installed in the lobby from 7 am - 5 pm. The security guard will monitor activities in the lobby, give directions to visitors and control access to the upper floors of the building. Security personnel may be present at the security desk outside of normal business hours under special circumstances. Otherwise, after-hours monitoring of the building will continue to be handled by Public Works staff.

 Beginning October 1, all visitors to City Hall will be required to sign in and out  at the security desk during normal business hours. Employees entering the building will be required to display a City ID badge. If you cannot locate your City-issued ID badge, please make arrangements to obtain a replacement  from the Human Resources Department prior to October 1. Employees without ID badges on October 1 will be required to sign in at the security desk.

 We are continuing to evaluate security at City Hall and other City facilities and additional security enhancements may be added. We trust that these changes will make our workplace safer without causing unnecessary inconvenience, provided you keep the appropriate City identification in your possession at all times that you are in the building. As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me at any time.


 P.S. I hope everyone enjoys Bay Days this weekend! Many thanks to the city employees and volunteers who help to make this event a wonderful Hampton tradition!


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