The mission of the Courthouse Security Office is to provide a safe environment for Judges, employees and all visitors coming into the Cumberland County Courthouse. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office shall maintain the security of the courthouse in order to protect the integrity of court procedures, to ensure the rights of individuals before it, to deter those who would take violent action against the court or its participants in court proceedings, and to sustain the decorum of the court.
ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE
There are approximately four entrances in which the public can access the courthouse. These entrances are the front entrance (Dick Street) and left side (Person Street) entrance. Both entrances are located on the ground floor (1st floor) of the courthouse. The other two entrances are located at the rear of the courthouse (Cool Spring Street) on both the left and right side. These two entrances are located on the lower level (basement) of the courthouse.
PROCEDURES TO EXPECT WHEN ENTERING COURTHOUSE
All persons entering the courthouse may be subjected to search and will be required to proceed through a metal detector to ensure no one entering the courthouse is carrying any weapons or contraband. If the metal detector alerts during the entry process, the person apparently causing the alert will be required to step forward for a visual inspection conducted and to be checked once again with a hand held metal detector. All visitors will be required to place all bags, purses, briefcases and other such items through an x-ray inspection system to be scanned to insure no weapon(s) or contraband are being brought into the courthouse. Any weapons that are located on an individual will be seized and the subject will face possible legal action.
ITEMS CONSIDERED AS WEAPONS / CONTRABAND AND NOT PERMITTED INTO THE COURTHOUSE.
Guns, Rifles, Ammunition of any type, Knives, Bowie Knifes, Dirk (Short straight dagger), Dagger, Loaded Cane, Shurikin (Martial Arts star shaped), Cleaver, Steak / Butcher Knife, Loaded Cigarette Lighter, Loaded Lipstick, Razor Blades, Brass Knuckles, Crack Pipes, Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Drugs, Alcoholic Beverages, Hair Picks, Cameras (Unless media & prior approval by judge), Recording Devices (Unless evidence in a case or media and prior approval), Glass Bottles containing liquids, Toy Guns which give the appearance of being real, Tools (Screwdrivers, etc.) unless being used by maintenance personnel. All items listed above or not may be scrutinized by security and a determination will be made by a supervisor as whether or not to allow such items in the courthouse.
The goal of the Sheriff’s Office for all individuals the Cumberland County Courthouse to have a safe and comfortable experience while conducting their business. In order to accomplish this, we require all individuals adhere to the procedures outlined above.
Supervisor – Lt. Jose Serrano – (910) 321-6982
Sgt. T. Brown – (910) 677-5529 – (910) 677-5431
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Hours of Operation: M – F 8:00am – 5:00pm
After hour emergencies should contact the Watch Commander at (910) 677-5432