More Michigan State Capitol security, no metal detectors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.

The Legislature boosted the Michigan State Police's Capitol security allocation to $2.4 million, allowing for more officers like Ed Barrett, left, and Brian George. Security updates will also include more advanced surveillance technology. / Gannett Michigan

LANSING, Mich--- Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.

Michigan State Police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well according to the Detroit Free Press.

That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.

Capt. Joseph Gasper says the state police presence at the Capitol peaked at 73 in 1978, dropping to about 28 by 2000 and eight in 2012.

The Legislature has increased Capitol security spending for 2014 from $677,000 to $2.4 million.

First Lt. Brody Boucher says there now are 14 officers on duty and that number will increase to 25 in the next several months.


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