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Security Beefed Up At Washington Governor's Mansion After Breaches

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
The east gate to the Washington governor's mansion was upgraded after a pair of security breaches in 2013 and earlier this year.

The Washington State Patrol said security at the governor’s mansion in Olympia has been improved in the wake of two breaches.

Trespassers made it past the perimeter fence in 2013 and again earlier this year.

Some of the security upgrades are obvious: a higher, more robust gate at the east entrance to the governor’s mansion. That was the gate that was easily scaled by a trespasser in August, 2013. That event was caught on video. The State Patrol said a new alarm has also been installed on that gate.

The Patrol won’t discuss other security changes, but Captain Monica Alexander said the breaches led to some “conversations and training.” The trooper cadets who guard the mansion grounds are run through different scenarios at the academy. She added that the Patrol is always looking for ways to improve security for the governor and first family.

Bottom line, said Alexander, “If a person accessed the mansion grounds then something definitely could have been done better.”

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."