Investigator Exclusive: Cuyahoga Sheriff orders random searches of everyone

8:26 PM, Nov 17, 2010   |    comments
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The Sheriff sent a letter to all county personnel a week ago, warning that random security checks will be conducted of all employees who are normally not required to go through the security checkpoints.

"In this day and age, it's all about safety," Reid told the Investigator Tom Meyer. Judges and police were the only ones who were allowed to go around the checkpoint.

Some county workers were clearly annoyed, saying Reid's idea was stupid and unnecessary. But the majority of people understood and cooperated with authorities.

One unidentified worker told the Investigator that "it may be inconvenient but it's important for security measures, especially for the courthouse."

Earlier this year, deputies found a razor blade underneath the trial table in the courtroom of a high-profile murder case.

Security cameras have caught a number of thefts of personal belongings at checkpoints.  Reid says his latest security measure is being done to make security even better.

"If we didn't do it, we'd be even more criticized," Reid said.

The Sheriff secures 10 county buildings, including the Justice Center, which is, by far, the busiest, with more than 3,000 people passing through each day.

The Sheriff said the extra security checks will continue, but he wouldn't say how often.


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