CLINTON — The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office will begin screening visitors and their belongings for prohibited items beginning Wednesday at the Clinton County Courthouse.
The development is one part of a comprehensive set of security upgrades and policy revisions being made by the Clinton County Board of Supervisors in an effort to better protect the safety and security of courthouse personnel, the judiciary and the general public.
As is the current policy, firearms, knives and other weapons are prohibited within the Clinton County Courthouse. Personal electronic devices, including cellular phones, will still be allowed in the building but must be set to silent operation. Use of personal electronic devices must not interfere with the efficient operation of the court; individuals with pacemakers, or other medical devices, who do not wish to utilize the walk-through metal detector should request alternate screening.
Visitors should expect slight delays when entering the courthouse as security staff work out any procedural issues that may arise, said Sheriff Rick Lincoln.
“The public’s patience as the county implements these security enhancements is appreciated,” he said.
The Clinton County Board of Supervisors approved a revised Courthouse Security Policy in late October 2012 that provided the framework for enhanced screening. Following the policy’s adoption, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office installed a walk-through magnetometer and an X-ray scanner. Similar items are used daily in airports and government buildings across the country, Lincoln said.
A complete copy of the Clinton County Courthouse Security Policy can be viewed at www.clintoncounty-ia.gov.