BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – Benton County is making security a priority by adding enhancements to its administration building.
The county says although there’s never been a security threat at any of its buildings, it’s beefing up security to ensure the safety of staff and patrons. The county is installing a metal detector at its administration building that will scan everyone coming in. Bags and brief cases will also be checked.
The Benton County Sheriff’s deputies will now be closer to the door, which will have only one entrance and one exit.
Facilities administrator Bryan Beeson said security has not been an issue in the past but the county wants to be prepared.
“It’s one of those things that we just like to be proactive, be kind of ahead of the game with that and make sure we’re doing everything right to enhance the security of our staff and the people who use this building,” Beeson explained.
The cost of the renovation and metal detector is about $60,000. The Benton County Quoroum Court approved the funding for the new security measures last winter.
The renovations are set to be complete next week. Beeson said people can expect the new security procedure to go in effect shortly after.