- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A metal detector is being installed at the Natchez Police Department to ensure no weapons are brought in the building, especially the municipal courtroom.

Police Chief Danny White said the step taken after a Jackson police detective was fatally shot inside police headquarters in 2013.

“It got us thinking that we needed to get one, so we could make sure anyone coming in would get scanned, and we could check and see if they had any (weapons),” White told The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1mCL3ln ).

The detector was delivered last week. It will be installed so that anyone entering the department from the front lobby to go to the municipal courtroom, records or other offices will be scanned.

The main objective of the detector, White said, is to ensure people do not carry weapons into municipal court.

White said he’ll likely have an officer stationed beside it, based on court times. The court bailiff’s office is also beside the detector, allowing the bailiff to stop anyone who sets off the detector.

Police also have a metal detector wand, White said, that can be used if the need arises.

The detector cost about $3,000, White said.

Mayor Butch Brown said the detector is a good investment because it will help ensure the safety of the public and police and court personnel.

“You never who is going to be packing,” he said.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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