Courthouse security kicks up next week

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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New security measures will be in place at the Wise County Courthouse beginning May 22.

Wise County Chief Deputy Craig Johnson told commissioners Monday the security upgrade is long overdue. “As with any change, it may be strange at first,” he said, but he and Sheriff Lane Akin expect the process to go smoothly.

The four glass doors now used by the public to enter the courthouse will be locked. They will be accessible only by county employees who have been issued a badge. The public entrance will be at the ramp on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, which leads into the basement. Anyone entering the courthouse will be required to walk through a metal detector. Bags and purses will be sent through an X-ray machine.

“Obviously, we want it to be secure, but we want it to be efficient, too, and I think they’re prepared for that,” said Wise County Judge J.D. Clark.

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