Courthouse Security Considered

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LOWNDES CO., Miss. – (WCBI) A string of bomb threats called in to courthouses across the Magnolia State this month have prompted leaders to look into extra security.

While equipped with metal detectors, Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Neese says more security is needed at the county courthouse.

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Neese spoke to Lowndes County supervisors Friday morning, requesting full time security guards.

Neese says with the number of mental hearings and dangerous criminals that come to the courthouse for hearings, they need tighter security in place.

” Full time security. That’s what we need. We do have great bailiffs here during court only, but we are hear a lot by ourselves and I believe we need full time security,” says Neese.

” We have a had a a lot of bomb threats across the state and with all the other things that happened in the schools and all, it just concerns me. We have and we are going to look at trying to beef up our security in all of the buildings in the county, change the way we do things, and hopefully we can hire a few extra officers,” says Sheriff Mike Arledge.

Lowndes County Supervisors say they will look into a full range plan that would further secure all county owned and operated buildings.