MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of security buttons have been installed around the State Capitol in an effort to improve a sense of safety in the statehouse.
Department of Administration officials say 482 buttons have been installed in offices around the Capitol. DOA spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says the wireless buttons will send an alert to Capitol police who will respond immediately. These changes come as the new police chief steps up efforts to crackdown on the building's permit policy as a way to stifle free speech.
Protesters have routinely congregated in the Capitol for sing-a-longs, while holding banners and displaying signs that are generally in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans.
Chief David Erwin says he respects the right to demonstrate, but believes some protesters' behavior has crossed into intimidation.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the button installation cost about $103,000.
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