The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office released information that describes prohibited items found during the first week of weapon screening at suburban court facilities.
Hennepin County installed weapons screening equipment and began interim weapon screening at three suburban court locations: Brookdale (Brooklyn Park), Southdale (Edina) and Ridgedale (Minnetonka) Courts on April 23.
In the first week more than 3,000 people passed through weapons screening checkpoints and approximately 70 items were removed from people entering the three court facilities. Confiscated items included knifes, box cutters, nail clippers, other sharp items and mace.
The Sheriff’s Office said the added safety measure is due to violent incidents and threats that have occurred statewide and nationwide in courthouses.
The Sheriff’s Office works in partnership with Hennepin County Property Services and agencies in the Fourth Judicial District Court system to maintain public safety in 96 courtrooms throughout Hennepin County.