Courthouse to use one secure entrancePublished 11:15am Thursday, July 11, 2013
In the continued effort to keep courtrooms, government offices and buildings secure, the Otter Tail County Courthouse will only use a single point of entry, secured with metal detector and baggage scanning machine, starting later this month.
The new security measure will be installed at the north entrance of the courthouse facing Junius Avenue. The east and west doorways will be locked from the outside, but the public will still be able to use them as exits.
After normal business hours, the public will be able to access the sheriff’s office through the law enforcement entrance on the west side of the building.
Screening at the new entrance will begin on July 17 or 18, according to Lt. Matthew McGuire.
“To ensure the security of the building, putting in this security entrance makes sense,” McGuire said. “There hasn’t been any major incidents in Otter Tail County, but we don’t want there to be any either.”
Courtroom security is the biggest concern for the county, which has a secured entrance to the court area on the third floor. Securing the first floor entrance, however, will better protect the entire building and the different offices and departments on each floor.
“It’s becoming a part of our way of life,” McGuire said. “Security is often times an inconvenience, but a necessary one.”