Are Law Enforcement Officers and Personnel in Our Area Safe?

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

A man opens fire inside of a Detroit, Michigan police precinct wounding four officers and begging the question: are law enforcement headquarters in our area safe?

Anyone can just walk into the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Tallahassee Police Department. There are no metal detectors in either of these public places, but personnel say they do have safeguards in place to keep them safe.

A man easily strolls into the Tallahassee Police Department carrying a black bag. He goes to the front counter and pulls out; a pizza.

Officers say had it been something dangerous, they would be ready.

Around 4:20PM, Sunday (1-23), police say 38-year-old Lamar Moore of Detroit walked through the front door of Detroit's 6th precinct and opened fire.

He wounded four officers before he was shot and killed.

Detroit precincts don't have metal detectors, and the front desks are not fitted with Plexiglas-type shields.

In Tallahassee, police say their first line of defense is an armed uniformed officer who's always at the front desk.

"You can't get anywhere else in the building without a proximity card; or the officer has to let you inside of the locked doors; and if you were going to meet someone on a different floor, there's going to be someone who's going to come down and meet you in the lobby and escort you anywhere else in the building," says Officer Anitra Highland with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Officers say security gates and cameras are also valuable tools utilized in Tallahassee's precinct.

"Our most important assets are our people. When people see things that are suspicious here, they report them immediately," says Officer Dave McCranie with TPD.

"If they're putting their lives on the line to protect the citizens, why not themselves be protected; because if we don't have anybody to protect us, then ... So, they need to be protected," says local resident Hazel Harrison.

The spokespersons for TPD and LCSO say they cannot recall a time when they've had to deal with a gunman inside of their headquarters and while they can't divulge all security measures, they do give the assurance that the buildings are safe and secure.

The TPD spokesperson says there are not any plans for metal detectors because he says TPD's lobby is small and the access points are controlled.


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