Security Changes Contemplated For Rousseau Centre (with Video)

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Could added security be coming soon for a major government building downtown?

The changes are being considered for the Ed Rousseau Centre, which is more commonly known as the old the City-County Building.

Fort Wayne police took over as the major tenant last year, occupying many of the upper floors in the nine-story building.

Around the end of this month, adult probation will move in on the eighth floor, where ex-felons will be dropping in for regular follow-up visits, crossing paths from time to time with officers who may have arrested them in the first place.

A possible upgrade involves the return of metal detectors at the entrance, to keep weapons outside.

" The idea has crossed our mind that maybe there are some additional security precautions that ought to be taken. The last thing we want to do is, is leave anybody's safety in peril," said Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters.

Peters says city police commanders have not made a formal request for added security in the building, which is the main reason there are no set plans to heighten security.

Another option being looked at is having probation staffers personally escort probation clients up to the eighth floor for their visits.

Metal detectors were employed in the building right after the “9-11” attacks.

But the machines were hauled out in 2003, largely because of cost issues.

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