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Courthouse security to be ramped up

'I think it is going to be very easy for them to make a one-point entry so what people will be looking at when they come into court, they will be looking at going through a magnetometer and a search for weapons or anything like that'
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File photo by Jeff Turl

It appears that the North Bay Courthouse will be beefing up its security as soon as the new year.

That’s according to North Bay Police Chief Shawn Devine.

The City’s top cop says the province is in the process of updating security standards and the North Bay Courthouse was selected.  

The security upgrade will include magnetometers at a one-point entry into the building. Devine says this is something that is happening to a lot of courthouses in Southern Ontario too.

“We are very fortunate here in that we have a relatively new courthouse that they have actually done some work on,” Devine told the media after Thursday’s Police Board Meeting.

“I think it is going to be very easy for them to make a one-point entry. So what people will be looking at when they come into court, they will be going through a magnetometer and a search for weapons or anything like that. So I really applaud the approach and we will continue to work with the ministry.”

Devine says he is not aware of an issue in the courthouse where a weapon was found previously inside the facility.  

“We have not had anybody within the court in my knowledge, my short experience over there. But that does not mean to say that we do not know, because we are not checking people,” said Devine.  

The North Bay Police Service would be responsible for managing that secure entrance and Devine presented that to the Police Board today.  




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