How many guards were hired for the new checkpoint program at the Illinois Veterans Home?

Doug Mason, a security guard for the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, approaches a vehicle Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the home's 12th Street entrance. Mason and other security personnel are now checking identification of those wishing to enter IVH grounds. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 1, 2017 9:15 am

How many guards are being hired at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy for their new proactive program? And at what cost?

Dave MacDonna, public information officer for the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, said the Illinois Veterans Home was able to launch the entry checkpoint by redeploying current security staff to handle the duty at no additional cost.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last month that security guards would be stationed at entrances to check identification. The facility's network was also upgraded to defend itself from cyberattacks.

At the time of the announcement, MacDonna said the increased security would match other state of Illinois buildings, and the other veterans homes in Anna, LaSalle and Manteno.

He added that Quincy is likely the only home in the state without a buzzer or card scanner security system for the various buildings.

Adult visitors to the Veterans Home need to show a photo ID, but they are not be required from children.

"Decision on future staffing needs will be made when the situation indicates a need as the health and safety of our veterans and staff remains paramount," MacDonna said.

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