- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has posted a trooper outside the governor’s office at the state Capitol.

The patrol is in charge of Capitol security. The patrol says the positioning the trooper on Friday was not done in response to mass shootings elsewhere.

The trooper is assigned a desk in Memorial Hall, an expansive space that connects the House and Senate chambers and the offices of the governor and attorney general.

Visitors to the North Dakota Capitol are not searched or required to pass through metal detectors.

Highway Patrol officers and privately employed security personnel walk the Capitol’s corridors. An office for them is located on the Capitol’s first floor.

The building and grounds has a system of surveillance cameras, and some offices have alarms to summon immediate help.

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