A new security-conscious age has dawned at Southampton Town Hall. As of Tuesday, anyone entering the building has been required to register at a new security checkpoint in the main lobby by showing a government issued photo identification card such as a driver’s license. For the first week, visitors will be issued handwritten name tags, but beginning Monday, their ID cards will be scanned, and they will be issued a dated visitor’s pass.
“This new security checkpoint comes at a time when our country has experienced a number of violent incidents in schools and other workplaces,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “There has been no threat against Town Hall, but we must do our part to keep both the public and our employees safe.”
Besides drivers licenses and government-issued photo ID cards, visitors can use school ID cards, American passports (including expired ones) unexpired foreign passports, permanent resident cards or unexpired Employment Authorization Documents.
“Most, if not all, government buildings as well as our school buildings have all implemented a similar level of building access security,” said Southampton Town Code Compliance and Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd. “The safety of the public and our employees is paramount.”
Security checkpoint procedures will be operational throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. when Town Hall opens to the public.