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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Changes coming to City Hall security: metal screening

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2020) — Starting on March 2, Anaheim will begin enhanced security screening at City Hall.

The new safety measures include security screening for all visitors to City Hall at both the front entrance and at the pedestrian bridge from the parking structure.

Everyone entering will go through brief metal screening, similar to what you see at stadiums and other venues. At the main City Hall entrance, this will be done with standing metal detectors, and at the bridge it will be done with a handheld metal detector wand.

Bags and other items coming into City Hall will be inspected. While all are welcome at City Hall, dangerous items are not. You can find a list of prohibited items here.

When you arrive at City Hall, Anaheim Security staff will also ask you to show a form of ID so they can give you a visitor badge.

They’ll also be there to help with metal screening and bags, provide extra assistance to anyone who needs it and answer questions.

These new safety measures are part of a planned expansion of the security screening we implemented at our City Council meetings last year.

They are the result of an internal safety audit and analysis of other cities by Anaheim’s Executive Safety Committee and are being implemented at the direction of Anaheim’s city manager.

The measures are not a response to any known threat or incident. They do reflect a time of added security risks and responsibilities.

They bring Anaheim City Hall in line with practices at other cities, government buildings, sports venues and major public places.

Ultimately, they are designed to safeguard anyone who visits City Hall and to provide peace of mind for residents and visitors.

Everyone is welcome at Anaheim City Hall, and the safety of all who visit is a responsibility we take seriously.

You can find more information at

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