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Denver Adds Concrete Barriers in Front of City and County Building
New security barriers have been placed in front of Denver’s City and County building in response to recent security scares
- By Jessica Davis
- Mar 13, 2019
New security barriers have been placed in front of Denver’s City and County building in response to an increase in security concerns at the facility.
The barriers, giant concrete blocks, have been placed to block vehicle access to the front doors. The gray blocks are a temporary measure, according to Kami Butt of Denver General Services.
“We’re still continuing to work through (permanent security measures) but those are some temporary measures that we put in place so we could reopen the street,” Butt said.
The addition of the barriers follows recent security issues at the building, which houses the offices of the mayor, City Council members, other city employees and some state workers.
On Feb. 27, Denver Police responded to a “credible threat” made against the mayor by a caller. The police searched the building for several hours, but no suspect or weapon were found.
Prior to that incident, two drivers jumped the curb within six weeks of each other, driving their cars onto the plaza and up to the building’s front doors.
In January, barriers were placed to close the street, and parking was banned in front of the building. Now that the concrete barriers are in place, street parking is once again allowed.
According to Denver safety officials, threats against public buildings and officials have increased across the U.S. Officials said, “if you see something, say something.”
Jessica Davis is the Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media.