There’s a letter to the editor in today’s RG, complaining about the security protocols in place at the LBE building on Court Street.
As the RG seems to have changed their commenting system when they updated their site and somehow rendered my ability to comment unpredictable since, despite being logged in, I thought I’d address the letter-writers comments here.
The writer seems to have been unaware about the security protocols for the building, which were implemented in June 2013, under the current (OBA) Government. I feel the need to note that, as the sub-text of the writers comments seems to be, while critical of the OBA, implying (my reading) that this may be blamed on the PLP.
According to a release from June, 2013, (opens as a pdf) the new security protocols were put into place ‘in accordance with international standards for court rooms and court services’.
While the letter-writer may have only been aware of the DoPlanning (where s/he was going) being located in the building, it also houses courts and court services – indeed, the security was previously located at the entrance to those on the relevant floor (floor two I think?).
Having said that, I do not know the ‘international standards for court rooms and court services’ and why placing the security at the entrance to the building itself was really required, although I assume the logic is that it would be more cost-effective to screen everyone as is, for one reason or another.
Also, I believe that the security are a private security firm, as per this article from May 2012.
Now, could the security be done better, more cost-efficiently? Maybe. I don’t know. However, I hope this post goes some way to answering some of the questions raised by the writer, and I welcome readers with more knowledge to comment further.