- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Anyone entering a Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting will be required to pass through a metal detector, one of a series of steps the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is taking to better secure the courthouses.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1QA0Jly) Monday was the first day with the metal detector outside the meeting room on the first floor of the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. A similar setup is being installed in the Biloxi courthouse as well.

Harrison County Sheriff’s officials said the move wasn’t in response to any specific threats.

Metal detectors have been at both courthouses to limit second-floor access, where the courtrooms are, since 2002.

Neither Jackson County nor Hancock County use metal detectors at board meetings.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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