City and county leaders work to tighten up security at City Hall

(KRQE/File Photo) Close up of Albuquerque City Hall Building

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For months, city and county leaders have been meeting to discuss a recent security threat at City Hall and how they can tighten up security.

By stuffing himself through a service window, a man made his way into a locked office in City Hall in June. That same man, 28-year-old Daniel Olguin, is then accused of calling 911 telling the dispatcher he’s being shot at. Panic soon followed at City Hall.

“There have been issues historically that we’ve needed to address having to do with communication and security issues,” said Bernallio County Commissioner Wayne Johnson.

Commissioner Johnson said it’s that incident that sparked recent talks between the city and county.

“We’re working to address some of those communication issues and procedural issues,” said Johnson.

The city said they’ve already tightened up security in a few ways, like purchasing a software that gives voice over instructions through employee desk phones. It will serve as a building-wide emergency notification system.

“We will also have text notification that employees can opt into with their city cell phones or their personal cell phones,” said Gilbert Montaño, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff.

The biggest security change? Re-keying the entire building. In the active shooter scare, APD broke doors on the county side wing.

“APD and BCSO need to know how to get into the various areas and have a master card key,” said Johnson.

The city and county both said better communication will help keep everyone safer.

“We have to look at it as not as two agencies but one building with a lot of people we have to keep safe,” said Montaño.

County and city leaders will be meeting Wednesday evening. They’re set to discuss some of the new security measures.

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