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Future of county building security checkpoint topic for supervisors


Removing detectors, lifting weapons ban on agenda

Mohave County could save more than $85,000 a year by removing the security checkpoint at the entrance of the County Administration Building and allowing residents and employees to carry weapons in the building.

On Monday, the Board will consider removing security features around the front of the building and the prohibition against weapons in the building that was put in place by former County Manager Ron Walker.

The Board asked staff figure out how much the county would save by removing the equipment.

According to staff's report, it cost the county more than $56,000 to install the metal detector, gun lockers, X-ray machine and safety walls in 2010. It also costs the county more than $85,000 to have three private security guards patrol the building.

If the Board decides to remove the screening station, the county could move the equipment to another building and get rid of one of the security guard positions, saving the county $28,460 a year.

The Sheriff's Office has also offered to provide additional security for the building, at no cost to the county, when necessary.

If the Board decides to remove the weapons policy, staff is recommending that members of the public carrying weapons into the building be required to carry the weapon in a holster and the weapon remain in the holster for as long as the person is in the building.

Staff is also recommending that if the public is allowed to carry weapons that county employees should also be allowed to carry - with some restrictions.

Employees must show that they have completed an Arizona Department of Public Safety concealed weapons carry class and received a CCW permit. A copy of the permit must be filed with the employee's boss and with the Mohave County Human Resources Department.

All employee weapons must be carried in a hostler or sheath and remain there for as long as the employee is in the building.

The Board is also considering doing away with the county's dress code, which prohibits hats, bare midriffs, halter tops, tank tops, bare backs, mini skirts, short shorts, exposed underwear and offensive language on clothing.

The section would be replaced with one that states that visitors should be "dressed appropriately. Clothing and appearance shall not be disruptive to the proceedings. It also prohibits clothing with "questionable language" as defined by the Federal Communications Commission guidelines on language appropriate for prime time TV.

It would also remove the prohibition on carrying signs and flags into the county building.




 

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