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Ottawa County Courthouse increases security measures

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A new X-ray machine and detector is located at the front entrance to the Ottawa County Courthouse now. A new X-ray machine and detector is located at the front entrance to the Ottawa County Courthouse now.
PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

You can feel a bit safer the next time you stop by the courthouse in Port Clinton. Ottawa County officials are beefing up security with new X-ray equipment and exactly where you stop to get checked is changing.

The sheriff says it's better to be safe, than sorry. Getting this new system in place has been a goal since 9/11.

Visitors now face increased screening when they enter the Ottawa County Courthouse. Previously, the only metal detector was located on the third floor outside the actual courtrooms, and the building entrance was wide open.

The new X-ray machine and detector is located right at the front entrance. All other doors will remain locked.

Anyone who brings a pocket knife or pepper spray will have to check it with security before being allowed up stairs.

Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick says while there haven't been any issues in the past, this extra security measure is meant to keep authorities a step ahead of any problem.

"We don't want to be the people that after the incident is done to say, 'I guess maybe we need to increase security.' If we increase it beforehand, then we don't have that situation. We want to avert that situation before it ever happens," explained Levorchick.

Six part-time deputies have been hired to man the metal detectors. Levorchick says he's paired retirees with deputies straight out of training, so they're able to learn from vets on how to interact with the public.

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