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Screening Process

To provide a safe environment for all citizens doing business in some of our facilities, you will be required to go through a screening process like that of an airport.

You will be required to remove all items from your pockets and place them in a tray to go through an x-ray machine. Paper items to include paper money may stay in your pockets.

If you are wearing a belt, you will be required to remove it to go through the x-ray machine.

If you have a bag/purse, you will leave all articles inside and place it in a bin to go through an x-ray machine.

You will then be required to pass through a metal detector. The metal detector is designed to detect any metallic item on your person. Should the metal detector go off while you are walking through it, you will be directed to a TCSO Courthouse Security officer who will conduct additional screening using a hand wand.

When you have completed screening, you will be directed to the area where you may retrieve your personal items.

Prohibited Items

Certain items are prohibited from being brought into our buildings. Though you may consider an item harmless it could be identified as a potential weapon and will not be allowed in. The owner of such an item will be instructed to remove the item from the building or voluntarily surrender it. Items that are voluntarily surrendered will NOT be recovered by the owner.

Additionally, listed below are items that are NEVER allowed into our buildings and could result in an arrest, citation being issued or other criminal charges. This list is not all inclusive and is only intended only as a guideline.

  • Ammunition
  • Baseball bats
  • Box cutters
  • Bullet clips or ammunition magazines
  • Butterfly knives
  • CO2 canisters
  • Chains to include bicycle and motorcycle chains
  • Chemical dispensing device
  • Club-including blackjack or nightstick
  • Corkscrews
  • Darts
  • Explosive weapon to include any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine
  • Firearm of any kind
  • Firearm silencer of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable liquid
  • Handcuffs
  • Handgun of any kind
  • Hoax weapon (an item that appears to be a prohibited weapon)
  • Ice picks
  • Knives to include dagger, dirk, stiletto, poniard, Bowie knife, sword, spear or switchblade (both automatic and gravity)
  • Knuckles of any kind to include cat-eyes
  • Laser pointers
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • Letter openers
  • Lock picks
  • Mace
  • Martial arts devices to include throwing stars
  • Ninja pins
  • Railroad spikes
  • Razors and/or razor blades
  • Scissors
  • Spikes
  • Spurs
  • Stakes
  • Sterno
  • Stun gun
  • Syringes (non-medical)
  • Tear gas
  • Toy guns

 

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