Three of the Hennepin Country suburban courts have installed facilities to screen visitors for weapons starting this Monday, according KARE.
Walk-through metal detectors are now installed at the Brookdale court in Brooklyn Center and the Ridgedale court in Minnetonka, while guards with handheld devices will start to station at the Southdale court in Edina, according to the Star Tribune.
The measures are responses to fears raised by a county judge who refused to hear suburban cases for safety reasons and a recent shooting in a northeastern Minnesota courthouse, the Star Tribune said.
The screening, which costs approximately $234,000, would be temporary, according to KARE. The Hennepin County Board voted in March to implement these measures after District Court Judge Lloyd Zimmerman publicly raised his concerns about the lack of security and safety measure at the Brookdale court, KARE said. according to the Star Tribune, until a permanent solution is set, the measures would be implemented.
About $1.6 million is now spent annually on weapon screening at the county's Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, where most of the county's courts are located, according to the Star Tribune.