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Harrison County Judge Applauds Addition of Metal Detectors

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio -

In light of the recent shootings around the country, the Harrison County Courthouse has  installed two new metal detectors to keep the building safe. 

"We just purchased these a couple weeks ago we had a magnetometer here but it wasn't nearly as affective as the new one and county court in fact didn't have a magnetometer at all so now we have security in both of the court rooms," said Harrison County Court Judge Mark Beetham. 

At the request of the judges and the prosecutor's office, county commissioners bought two metal detectors that are now installed in both courtrooms. 

Judge Beetham hopes these new detectors will prevent people from bringing weapons into the courthouse in the first place. If the detector picks up on anything, it has an advanced alarm indication system.

Beetham says that they've never had a problem, but they want to make sure weapons aren't brought into the building. 

"The place that is most likely to have a problem is in the court room itself so they've addressed where the greatest need is and done it now," he said. 

The next step for the Courthouse security committee will be addressing the need for security at the two main entrances.