Gov.-elect boosts security at Missouri Capitol

All visitors will pass through metal detectors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has spent more than $415,000 to buy and install new security equipment at the state Capitol.

Starting Tuesday, visitors will be required to pass through metal detectors at the Capitol. State employees who work in the building will be allowed to use electronic identification cards to enter through locked doors.

"Only children, (not yet in high school) not carrying backpacks, satchels, etc., would be allowed to bypass searches," an advisory from Capitol Police said. "Faculty and chaperons would not. They would normally be required to use the West First Floor Door, and be escorted by a security person or a DNR tour guide from their end transportation, near the North, (riverside) steps."

Contract figures provided to The Associated Press show the state has purchased three pass-through metal detectors, only two of which have been installed so far. The costs also include 25 hand-held metal-detector wands and equipment for the electronic badge scanners at locked doors.

The security improvements were initiated by Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, who takes office Monday.

They're being funded from a $40 million bond issue for Capitol repairs and renovations authorized in the 2016 budget

The Greitens administration did not respond to requests for a comment.

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