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Some Dallas police officers concerned about building security

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Two Dallas police unions believe more needs to be done protecting police at the stations where they work.

Some officers have said they are concerned about the security of police buildings and parking lots.

A few weeks ago an armed security guard walked into the lobby of Dallas police headquarters and said he was hearing voices telling him to hurt someone. He was quickly handled and sent to a psychiatric facility.

Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Walton posted an open letter on the group's Facebook page discussing the issue and pointed to unsecure parking lots and non-functioning lights at substations.

"It has to be done to ensure that the men and women who go out there and risk their lives every day can at least walk to their cars at night or during the afternoon and not be accosted or have to worry about who is sitting out in the parking lot waiting on them," Walton said.

There have also been incidents where non-police employees get into buildings and even into secure areas.

"They walk back into secured areas like the locker rooms and we have a lot of stuff back there that people don't need to be around," said Ron Pinkston of the Dallas Police Association.

Dallas police told FOX4 that "Authorized Personnel Only" signs are posted at substations and they are open to having a conversation about physical barriers.

Dallas police also said the number of armed guards on duty inside police headquarters has increased since the recent incident in the lobby.

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