MEDIA — Visitors to the Government Center complex on Thursday were greeted by some new additions to entryways: Bulletproof glass panels.
Delaware County Park Police placed the ballistic glass barriers, which stand about 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide on moveable rollers, in front of security stations at the entrances to the county courthouse, Government Center, Fronefield Building and Curran Building.
“The barriers were installed as a preventative measure to provide enhanced protection for the officers screening individuals as well as to all county employees and the public,” said Delaware County Public Relations Director Adrienne Marofsky.
The installation comes in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that claimed a total 32 lives in a 14-hour span over the weekend. By the most conservative metrics, they were the sixth and seventh mass shootings to occur in the country so far this year. There is no rigid definition of a “mass shooting” event, however, and other estimates have placed them in the 250s.
No one from the county was available to comment on the barrier placements Thursday. Marofsky said they were provided to Delaware County Park Police through a grant procured by Delaware County Emergency Services.