Chief Deputy Tells Local Commissioners County Buildings Not Secure

WACO (April 16, 2013)—The Chief McLennan County deputy sheriff told county commissioners on Tuesday that county buildings are not secure.

Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon told commissioners more should be done to secure all county buildings, including the downtown Waco courthouse, and that mail and packages coming into those buildings is not being monitored.

Cawthon said he felt the need to bring up the issue in commissioners’ court on Tuesday in light of recent terrorist attacks in other parts of the country.

Cawthon said the courthouse, courthouse annex and the juvenile justice center on Gholson Road all are unprotected by adequate security measures.

U.S. mail and any packages that come into those facilities from other carriers such as FedEx or UPS is not inspected before its brought into the facilities.

Cawthon said the sheriff’s office probably already has the equipment to screen those items but there is no manpower to use it.

Cawthon told News 10 after the meeting that he wasn’t asking commissioners for anything, rather just making sure they were aware of the situation.

Cawthon also said he was letting commissioners know what aspects of the problem the sheriff’s office wants to improve.

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