Private security coming for City-County Building

Private security coming for City-County Building

After multiple incidents over the last two months where individuals have broken into the City-County Building overnight, the city of Madison and Dane County are expected to start private security patrols of the building as soon as Wednesday.

City and county officials met Monday afternoon to work out dates, times and the type of security needed for the building, according to Dan Lowndes, the county’s risk manager. He said the county is negotiating an amendment with JBM Security, which currently provides security for other county facilities.

“I fully expect both parties to sign this so that security services could start as early as Wednesday afternoon,” Lowndes wrote in an email to News 3. “The plan is to have JBM provide unarmed security personnel to enforce existing building rules after business hours (evening, weekends and holidays) as well as when the building opens for business on Monday morning and closes for business on Friday afternoon. The city has agreed to cover half of the cost of these services, and city and county staff will reconvene in early January to reevaluate security needs.”

Under the contract amendment, the private security company will patrol the building from 10 p.m.to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday in addition to an hour at the end of the work day on Friday afternoon and at the start of the work day on Monday morning. Over the weekend, six separate half-hour visits will be made to the building.

The service will be provided at $14.75 per hour with the 30-minute weekend stops costing $20 each.

This comes after Madison municipal court workers arrived last week to find one of their courtroom walls covered with excrement. The week of Thanksgiving, city police arrested a man who was found sleeping on a couch in the judge’s chambers. A couch in the press room right off the court room was also defecated on earlier this fall.

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