The Education and Recreation committee of Brown County is meeting. And on their list of topics to discuss, possibly increasing security measures at the Resch Center.
This idea was put forward by Supervisor Patrick Moynihan, in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas. He told Local 5’s Kris Schuller Brown County needs to act to protect those who use the county-owned Resch Center.
When thousands walk into the Resch Center for a hockey or basketball game they won’t pass through a metal detector. And that practice – according to Patrick Moynihan – puts many lives at risk.
“You have heavy coats on, someone could have a weapon of some sort, automatic weapon or semi-automatic weapon,” Moynihan said.
In response the Brown County Board Chairman has drafted a proposal asking Brown County to buy up to five walk-through metal detectors to be used at all Resch Center events.
“There are evil doers out there and if there is a way to thwart them maybe this is the first option,” said Moynihan.
He says it’s an idea whose time has come after deadly attacks in public places – like London, Paris and just this month in Las Vegas.
“We’re not immune to that type of evil here in the county,” said Moynihan.
“If a public official wants to talk about security, we’re willing to have that discussion,” said Terry Charles of PMI Entertainment Group.
Charles works for PMI which manages the Resch Center for Brown County. He says metal detectors are brought in for some concerts, but certainly not all. He adds PMI supports any plan aimed at keeping customers safe.
“We are probably moving closer and closer to the day where all arenas and stadiums will have these metal detectors,” Charles said.
“If we can make our citizens that much safer within our county facilities it’s something to explore,” Moynihan said.
A tool to prevent tragedy in the Resch – used by thousands of people each year.
Moynihan estimates the cost for the detectors could run about $65,000.