Beginning Monday morning, those entering the Bryan County Courthouse will have to pass through a security checkpoint that will include a metal detector and an X-ray machine.
District No. 1 County Commissioner Monty Montgomery said everyone entering the courthouse, including employees, except for judges, will have to pass through the security that is located just inside the front doors of the courthouse.
No weapons of any kind, including small pocket knives, will be allowed inside the courthouse.
All bags must pass through an X-ray machine.
Montgomery said safety was the reason for the increased security. He was present during a jury trial in the late 1990s, when a man, after being found guilty by a jury, took out a knife and slit one of his wrists. He was treated for the injury and later sent to prison.
“We’re wanting to do this to protect all of the citizens, not just the employees,” Montgomery said.
Sheriff’s Deputy John Bates will be manning the security checkpoint. Chad Hendricks, who is the courtroom deputy, will assist when needed.