Published: Jan 10, 2011 11:42 PM EST
Updated: Jan 10, 2011 8:43 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has some of our own elected officials re-evaluating security.

In Cape Coral, the city is taking some precautions at city hall.

At Monday night's council meeting there will be extra police officers as well as a metal detector.

The metal detector stands outside council chambers.

Everyone who walks in, must now go through security.

"The thing we want to do is deter, and those measures are being put in place as we speak," said Councilman Bill Deile.

Numerous surveillance cameras are already placed across city hall and so are several police officers who routinely patrol the area.

However we're told the extra security is being added at the insistence of the federal government.

Councilmember Chris Chulakes-Leetz says the security is more for the safety of citizens and city staff inside the meetings, not the councilors.

"I believe it is our obligation that city staff and residents that attend council meetings are protected," he said.

Though the shooting in Tucson is thousands of miles away, city leaders believe it's better to be safe than sorry.

"It's better to look at it in retrospect and say, "well we didn't need the security instead of saying, Gee, I wish really had that security"," Deile said.
It's unclear if these if new security measures are permanent, but they will be in place for the time being.

Cape PD wouldn't comment about a total cost for the extra security.

However, they did say the officers patrolling are on their normal shift.