SHERMAN, Tex. -- Sheriff's officials are improving safety at the Grayson County Justice Center. New metal detectors have been installed and became operational this week.
Sheriff Keith Gary says the extra security officially kicks off January 2, but they wanted to do a "test run" this week before hundreds of jurors, law enforcement, and other citizens walk through the doors.
Securitas, a private security firm, is staffing the x-ray machine and metal detector all day Monday through Friday. Anyone entering the Justice Center will now have to take their keys, cell phones, coins, and any other metal objects out of their pockets and place them on the conveyor belt. This includes purses and wallets.
In the past two days, about 800 people have already passed through the machines. It's not quite as involved as, say an airport security check, but it is something Sheriff Keith Gary says is needed here.
"It’s moving pretty smoothly, but in the first day that we have several jurors, juries coming together, that's going to probably slow things down a little bit so allow some extra time."
Sheriff Gary says anyone with a sharp object like a knife or screwdriver will have to check the item with security and pick it up on the way out. If someone is carrying a handgun with a permit, they will be allowed to take it back to their car.