New security features added to mayor's office after protesters break through

Updated: 06/23/2014 10:21 PM | Created: 06/23/2014 10:11 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There are new security features inside the Albuquerque Mayoral Office to protect Mayor Richard Berry and his staff. The installation comes weeks after two dozen protesters got past the front security door and held a demonstration inside the mayor's suite of offices.

The most noticeable security feature is a second door immediately behind the original door that the protesters were able to get past on June 2.

"It became apparent that in this open building that doesn't have a great deal of security, we probably needed to beef up the door a little bit to protect the workplace," Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry said.

Perry said that many who work in the mayor's suite of offices are clerical workers or administrative support and aren't involved in policy or decision making.

"It's not really fair to them to put them in a situation where their safety is jeopardized," Perry said. "They're fearful; they don't know what's going to happen."

The protesters, made up of both men and women, did not vandalize the office or hurt anybody. At times, they sat in a circle on the floor and spoke among themselves.

The group wanted to speak directly to the mayor, but weren’t able to because the mayor was reportedly out of the state.

While the door adds protection, some may see it as a barrier between the mayor and people who would like to meet with him. In addition to the security door, there are some new electronic security features that alert police if people break into the office.

The mayor's office is also staffed with APD officers who serve as the mayor's security detail. No other city offices are afforded these kinds of security measures.

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