City Hall buzzing metal detectors
quietly do their job
Sheriff's Deputy A. Martinez cites importance
of not subjecting crowds to harm
during dangerous arrests.
November 3, 2005
Most visitors passing through City Hall metal detectors are accustomed
to the alarm set off only by cell phones, metal adorned clothing,
and forgotten harmless metal items left in pockets.
It's meant to be that way, Deputy Sheriff A. Martinez yesterday
told the Sentinel.
When the alarm sounds for real, weapon confiscations and arrests
are made as quietly out of view as possible, Martinez said.
Not subjecting a crowd to harm in a dangerous situation is the
goal, explained Martinez.
While delay caused by going through metal detector lines can
annoy the public, detectors successfully kept City Hall safer
in recent months with discovery of weapon array including one
Illegal knives are a common confiscation. Legal pocketknives
and other sharp objects are held by deputies until owners leave
City Hall, Martinez added.
Deputies take weapon owners into custody when outstanding warrants
are held and issue citations to some owners.