Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Does Watertown City Hall Have Enough Security? | WWNY TV 7

    I spent some years there and clearly the moving of the police and the holding cells out created a less secure environment. Now there is a desire to recreate the more secure environment.
    There have been occasional incidents where someone with anger on their mind made it to the third floor but its rare. The bigger problem is the unsightly and potentially dangerous use of the lobby as the gathering spot for defendants, their friends and family, lawyers, media looking for the perp walk and others visiting City Hall for other reasons.
City Hall Lobby
     With the court security nearby, it's rarely a huge issue, but a more orderly way to get defendants in the building is needed as that is the most likely flash point.  Rooms for lawyers and clients would help too.
      The problem is total security subjects all and you lose the use of the front door.
       There are schematics drawn, but so far little agreement on the best solution.
       Better security cameras wouldn't hurt. There are currently none on the third floor, something staff is aware of, although years ago there were. That time I dropped money on the sidewalk, it was all on camera, but the resolution was so low you couldn't see who picked it up.
Does Watertown City Hall Have Enough Security? | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

City court should be in a different building altogether. Other than court and one city employee who tried to win an election, there is no justification for security beyond the that which comes for the presence of city employees doing there day to day jobs.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they could move the courtroom to the ice arena, whats one more change order?

Anonymous said...

By defendants do you mean the ones in jail being transported or are you refering to anyone facing a charge, ticket etc...???
Defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty so does Watertown see it differently than you????

Anonymous said...

How about we don't allow people to congregate in the lobby?

Anonymous said...

If you're talking the whole building NO, During Water Shut-offs there should be a policeman when customers are abusive to staff, There was a camera on the 2nd floor that never worked just for show only, the only place security exsits is on the 1st floor where court is..

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. Suddenly we are so worried about security and that individuals aren't exposed to physical harm from individuals that are proned to criminal behavior.

Yes we should have armed officers in the courtroom and armed personnel available during the perp walks.

But for all those nilly willy people that want to disarm the populace why are you so worried for your own personal safety?

Anonymous said...

The picture looks like just about any where where crowds gather in Greater Watertown...

Anonymous said...

Good for Cody! I agree that the court should have it's own secure area separate from the rest of city hall. why should everyone else suffer for poor planning on the city's part. City court should be housed in it's own building. The old masonic temple building would have been perfect for this.

Anonymous said...

Get some space in the old Black River Valley Club now NNYCF

Anonymous said...

If Butler and Jennings are so concerned about security, why do they publish the personal addresses of council members on the city website?

Anonymous said...

They put the addresses up so Scott Gates five friends can ask for a dog park that's not going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Scott gates has five friends???