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Safe Zone for transactions set up at WVa Capitol Complex

September 22, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People who need a secure location for child custody exchanges, in-person ecommerce transactions or similar meetings can now use a Safe Zone set up at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The area is located at the bus turnaround between the Culture Center and the West Virginia Veterans Memorial, the Department of Homeland Security said in a news release. The area is well-lighted and monitored by Capitol Police, with video, the agency said.

The turnaround is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We can also provide some security, if they just feel more comfortable with an officer being out there with them, we can do that if they’ll just call us and let us know,” Capitol Police Director Kevin Foreman said.

Capitol Police painted the zone’s curb green to highlight the area, and the Division of Highways provided a sign. Anyone who wishes to have an officer on hand while using the Safe Zone can call (304) 558-9911.