The City of Ozark is beefing up security for municipal court and public meetings in the council chambers.
Starting next week, residents will have to pass through this metal detector when they arrive for municipal court.
“It’ll give an extra added security for all attending court whether it be people attending court on fines, protecting our officers, protecting judges, prosecutors, magistrates. Like I said it gives an extra level of security,” says Ozark Police Captain Bobby Blankenship.
Security in public places has always been a priority, but recent shooting attacks on officials in Bay County, Florida and Tuscon, Arizona have brought extra light on the issue.
“Security is one of our most important things, we have to protect of course the general public and our officials,” says Blankenship.
They chose a mobile metal detector so they could not only protect municipal court but they could move it to the council chamber for public meetings.
“We’re not going to allow any weapons or anything such as that so it’ll be used to deter anybody from bringing them into those situations,” says Blankenship.
He says having a mobile unit instead of buying two gave them the same security level, but saved them on costs.
“If you can have something you can use at two different places at one time instead of having to do two separate purchases it’s always easier on your finances and your budgets.”
They'll use it first at the city council meeting on Tuesday, then for municipal court on Thursday.
The metal detector was purchased through the municipal court’s corrections funds.