Difference in security styles at Capitol and City Hall

By Ella Kovacs
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Centrally located in downtown Lansing, our state’s Capitol towers over local businesses, commuter traffic, and locals walking around. With its intricate architecture, statues, and overall grandeur, its clear that this is the most important building in the area. Across the street sits Lansing’s City Hall, looming equally as tall, but with a much less conspicuous sign that quietly reads “City Hall.” While both are obviously important places, the security in each are very different. Walk into the Capitol, home of Michigan’s senate, House of Representatives, historical archives, priceless art and decorations, and not to mention VERY important people, and you are barely even asked what you’re doing there before you’re allowed to roam the building, seemingly unattended.

Door ‘boots,’ 911 apps among uses for school security grants

Capital News Service
LANSING — With $4 million to spend in grants from the Michigan State Police, school districts across the state are opting to buy a wide variety of improved school security systems and devices. These improvements include increased door and window security, new emergency alert applications on electronic devices and reinforced classroom doors to keep out intruders. “Each district will take a different approach. Some will use electronics, some will use the boot, some will use video cameras — they’re not mutually exclusive,” said Mike Borkovich, Leelanau County Sheriff. “All of these things add up to more security for kids.”

School districts, private schools, charter schools and sheriff’s offices across the state requested more than $46 million in funding.