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Security Measures Added to Public Access to the Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 11, 2014


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
425-388-3377,
Shari.Ireton@co.snohomish.wa.us  
Media line:  425-249-6263 

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will implement increased security measures to the lobby of the jail next week.  The goal of these measures is to increase inmate and staff security, as well as reduce the risk of contraband (such as drugs and weapons) that could be introduced into the inmate population by visitors.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 14, visitors to the Corrections facility at 3025 Oakes Ave in Everett, Wash., will be required to go through security screening, which could include metal detector, hand wand, pat down or a combination of any of the three.  All packages and personal items being carried into the facility (including backpacks, briefcases, pursues, computer bags, etc.) will be subject to x-ray examination, hand search or both.  Screening will be facilitated by Olympic Security, a private firm which is currently contracted to provide security to the county courthouse. 

Those coming to the jail for professional visits (“P.V.”), such as attorneys, will still be allowed to enter with their laptops and cell phones.

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