DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: COURT SECURITY / WEAPONS SCREENING
The Dodge County Sheriff's Office implemented enhanced building security and court safety procedures in February of 2016. This included a Weapons Screening area at the entrance of the Public Safety area. Our Court Security Sergeant is Scott Prins. He supervises the entire court security program including prisoner transports, building safety, and court room security. His staff includes licensed deputies working in the courtroom and transport deputies handling prisoner transports to and from the Adult Detention Center.
In 2015 and 2016, the Dodge County Courthouse went thru an extensive remodeling project that included the addition of a weapons screening area in the annex of the courthouse.
All visitors to the courthouse are now required to go thru this weapons screening area before entering the Public Safety Area of the Courthouse. This area includes Sheriff's Office, Probation, County Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Drug Court, Victim Services, Court Administration, and District Court.
Prohibited items include but aren't limited to:
- Firearms including pellet and BB guns unless carried by those authorized by the courts
- Knives or other bladed instruments (exceptions would be contractor tools)
- Electronic or chemical incapacitation devices including mace or personal defense sprays
- Explosives or Ammunition
- Martial Arts weapons
- Brass knuckles
- Flammable liquids
- Any replica or toy versions of above items
- Any other item designed or carried as a weapon capable of producing great bodily harm or death
- Any item which is illegal to possess under Minnesota law
Anyone that possesses prohibited items will be asked to secure them in their vehicle or they will be confiscated and disposed of by Security. An Amnesty Box will also be available for this. Security will not hold any items for visitors of the Public Safety area.
The screening area will open each day during normal business hours of 8am-430pm Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays).
The purpose of this screening area and armed deputies in all court hearings is to ensure the Courtroom and Public Safety areas of the complex are safe and weapons free.
If you have any questions or concerns about weapons screening or courthouse security, please contact Sergeant Scott Prins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chief Deputy Mike Leonhardt at email@example.com.