I TEAM: more security problems in new Cleveland police building

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CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I TEAM has uncovered new security problems at a new $20 million Cleveland Police building. Police say a stranger even recently made his way all the way into the city dispatch center.

Multiple sources tell us of problems with swipe card locks in the building. Photos obtained by FOX 8 show doors left open or propped open even in areas normally kept locked.

The building is the new Cleveland Police Third District Headquarters which opened in August.

In November, we revealed officers were stationed to guard the back door due to a lock system not functioning. Sometimes officers were taken off of patrolling your streets for this.

Now, we’re hearing of problems inside the building which also houses dispatchers for police, fire and EMS. The I TEAM obtained a memo. It shows a man recently made it “all the way upstairs  inside the call center and asked to make an accident report. It’s my hope this was not a ‘walk through’ checking our facilities out.”

Police union president Steve Loomis says, “It’s completely unacceptable.” He adds, “But make our dispatchers safe. All of the police, fire, and EMS, and protect the communications center.”

The I TEAM went to city hall to find out what’s taking so long to get these problems fixed.

Dan Williams, a spokesman from the mayor’s office, says the city is working on it with the building contractor. Williams said, “Panzica, the building contractor doing the work on the building, has said, and they’ve kept their word on paying for everything to fix all of the glitches both inside and outside the building.”

In fact, police no longer have officers sitting at the back door. But the fix there: officers now have old-fashioned keys.

We left a message for Panzica and did not hear back for comment.

The city could not give us a timetable for everything to be fixed.

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