New security measures in place for city council, county board meetings

Apr 1, 2014

Anyone attending an Omaha City Council or Douglas County Board meeting will notice new security measures in place.

Starting Tuesday, bags will be searched prior to meetings. Paul Cohen is Administrator of the Omaha-Douglas Public Building Commission. He says the new measures weren’t prompted by any specific incident.

"We periodically review our procedures in the building, and examine what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and you get your purse or bag checked when you go to a high school basketball game. So we thought we probably ought to consider the same thing for something as important as a city council or county board meeting."

Cohen says the City Council and County Commissioners are in agreement with the new policy.

If anything is found that can’t be taken in to the meeting, the item can be given to security or taken out of the building.