Warren County Public Library increases security

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Improving safety and security in public spaces is a growing concern around the country. Many schools, churches and shopping malls have stepped up their security efforts. Now one library in Bowling Green is looking to do the same thing.

The Warren County Public Library will hire security resource officers at their State Street location. It’s an effort they hope will make patrons feel more secure.

Downtown Bowling Green is bustling, drawing thousands of visitors to the library each month. While the increase traffic is exciting, recent incidents have raised concerns about safety.

Like other large cities, Bowling Green has a growing homeless population. Many of those homeless frequent the library and some create problems.

Library staff often find themselves performing security duties. It’s cumbersome work that they are not trained for.

While the security team will be responsible for enforcing the library’s policy, an added duty will be fostering relationships with everyone who walks in.

The library is currently accepting applications for a full-time and part-time security officer. Law enforcement training is not required.