Beginning Tuesday, expect stepped-up security for County Board and City Council meetings in Omaha's Civic Center.
Security will check the contents of all backpacks, purses, briefcases and similar items before allowing the owner to enter the Legislative Chamber.
The change is not connected to any incident. Paul Cohen, Administrator for the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission, says the change is in response to a routine review of security procedures.
“We are constantly looking at how we perform the security part of our job, looking for ways to improve while, at the same time, minimizing inconvenience to our visitors and those working in the building,” says Cohen.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Lane is Director of Security for the Building Commission. He says he understands the inconvenience the change may create.
"But we believe it is in the best interests of our visitors and elected officials to add this additional level of safety.”