The Courthouse Security Division personnel have the responsibilities of providing and maintaining an orderly and safe environment for all visitors and employees within Jackson County Courthouse facilities.
Courthouse Security Division Commander
Captain David Epperson
The Courthouse Security Division assumes these responsibilities in numerous Courthouse locations in Kansas City and Independence including:
- 415 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
1315 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri
625 E. 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
- 308 W. Kansas, Independence, Missouri
- 112 W Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO
The integrity of courthouse security is vital to the uninterrupted functioning of the Court System and all official County business. To ensure the achievement of this goal, persons and their possessions entering Jackson County Courthouse facilities are, by court order, subject to security screening, including the use of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors, x-ray machines and Sheriff’s Office K-9’s. The security checkpoints are the first line of defense against weapons and contraband being brought into courthouse facilities.
Courthouse facilities are often melting pots where litigants are brought together to resolve disputes. Thus, it is required that Deputies conduct constant proactive and preventive patrol of all areas of the facilities, and remain abreast of court proceedings and courthouse activities. Deputies respond to a variety of calls for service, including disturbances, duress alarms, taking persons into custody, escorts, parking enforcement, accident investigation, and other reports as needed. They also provide security and protection for judges and juries.
- Stun Guns
- Chemical Mace
- Pepper Spray
- Box Cutters
- Razor Knives
- Nail Files
- Aersol Spray Paint or Hairspray
- Any hand tools or items, which may be used as a deadly weapon, including metal forks and knitting needles
- Other items that may pose a threat
Be advised that any of the above items will be seized by security personnel and will not be returned. Take these items to your car or off of courthouse property.
Electronic items (cell phones, iPods, etc.) will be silenced prior to entering any courtroom.