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Downtown Public Library increases security

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You may notice a few more people in security uniforms patrolling the downtown Rapid City Public Library these days.

That's largely because library patrons have expressed safety concerns after a several incidents at the public facility.

With better customer service and a safer experience in mind, The Downtown Rapid City Public Library has increased security.

The library board met today to discuss the overall security measures they've put in. Rob Pettigrew, a library board member, said that today's meeting wont be about adding anymore security, but to talk about security already in place.The goal is to create a better environment for those that use the library.

"We've heard from citizens, they believe the library is not a safe place and over the last 6 months several incidents happened here and we believe we need to address that in a very aggressive manner." Said Pettigrew.

"We're concerned with long term change where as the security company out front is really being seen more as a short term solution." Said Rapid City Chief of Police, Steve Allender.

On top of a private security company the library has also added liaison officer.

Board members hope with this new officer teaching the current staff they can eventually decrease security concerns and get back to having a safe library once again.

 

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