By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – From now on if you have business at the courthouse you will be greeted by a deputy and go through tighter security.
That's because the Lubbock County Sheriff's office implemented new security screenings to ensure the safety for all individuals and employees.
"It's been a long time coming. We are very fortunate we haven't had an incident in that time frame at the courthouse," said Chief Deputy Cody Scott, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's office said it's been a challenge to implement the new security, because of the age and structure of the building.
"And we hope all the measures that we've taken to secure it will prevent it from ever happening," said Chief Deputy Scott.
After all the kinks were worked out, the Sheriff's office hired new deputies and security officers to make the process happen.
"The officers that monitor the scanners are trained on what to look for," said Chief Deputy Scott.
The public will now have to enter through the east and west entrances of the courthouse. All others entrances, like the SkyBridge will be closed.
"All the entrances and exits are monitored by camera," said Chief Deputy Scott.
The sheriff's office does not expect any delays from the screening and said it takes less than five seconds. The process is much like airport security. Anyone who enters will be asked to empty their pockets into a plastic container and place the items on the rollers to be scanned. The individual will then be asked to walk through a metal detector and if the detector goes off, then the individual will have further screening.
"Like the Sheriff say we hope it's the best money wasted in that aspect that we never have to use the equipment," said Chief Deputy Scott.
Items like guns, knives and anything that can be used as a weapon is prohibited, but Monday some people were caught with those items.
"There have been a couple instances where people walk up with pocket knives and that type of thing. They are allowed to go back to their vehicle," said Chief Deputy Scott.
But the new security measures have left many at the courthouse feeling safer.
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