City Police Expert On Security Gives City Council Tips On Safety Improvements

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A Chattanooga Police Department expert on security on Tuesday gave City Council members ideas for safety improvements at the City Council Building.

Sgt. Sean O'Brien outlined a number of new safety features in a report he handed out and in a talk with the council members.

Police Chief David Roddy joked that the analysis "included everything but a moat with alligators."

Council members said they would act soon on better lighting and cameras at the council parking area just outside the building.

Another step to be taken soon is to add a second officer at Tuesday night council meetings, who will be able to check contents of bags and take other precautions.

City Public Works will begin planning to move the council clerk up from a vulnerable position at the front of the room to a spot with them on the dais.

Currently, the clerk has no protections and has her back to the audience, Sgt. O'Brien noted. 

He recommended that the council make use of a seldom-used door that leads from the main meeting room to the council parking lot as an emergency escape route.

Another planned step is to make a rear walkway by perhaps taking out a row of seats or moving a media area.


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