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Grafton Police Department installs safety measures in entrance when lobby is closed

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GRAFTON, WI (CBS 58) -- New safety measures have been installed at the Grafton Police Department when the lobby is not staffed and is locked. 

Late last year, Grafton police transferred call taking and dispatch duties to the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office. 

The Grafton Police Chief said due to personnel and scheduling challenges, the lobby will have to be locked up on a case-by-case basis. 

"But before we could do that, we needed to ensure that people that come to the Grafton Police Department can receive the help and resources that they expect when they come here," said Grafton Police Chief Charles Wenten. 

The vestibule area between the front doors of the police department and the lobby doors will always be open. There's a button someone can push to look the doors behind them. A phone connects to dispatch. There are also cameras that allow dispatchers and officers to see what is going on. 

"We wanted to be out in front of this to do everything we could to avert any potential tragedy or service," said Chief Wenten. 

The police department also plans to potentially change the glass on the windows to the doors and add concrete posts outside the entrance so no one can drive into the doors. 


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