The Navajo County Court Security Department is committed to providing a safe and
secure environment for the fair and just resolution of disputes to all who enter
the Courts. Our goal is to provide quality service that continuously improves and
ensures that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
Recognizing the need to provide a safe and secure environment while maintaining
a welcoming atmosphere to all who enter the courthouse is both a challenge and a
privilege. The Navajo County Court Security Department takes pride in ensuring the
safety and welfare of all the visitors to the court, the court staff, and its facilities.
Working with law enforcement and the Court Administration, the security staff has
framed a structured response in responding to those emergency situations requiring
security or medical consideration. By taking a proactive approach of prevention
we hope to ensure that crises do not arise in the first place. We appreciate your
patience and welcome your cooperation in our endeavor to make your visit a safe
Any visitor who has a safety concern or security issue should contact any of the
Court Security Officers. The Court Security Coordinator will gladly assist. For
additional information contact Tom Ortega, Court Security Coordinator at (928) 524-4143,
or e-mail using the comment page.
Thomas C. Ortega
Court Security Coordinator
What to expect when going through Court Security
Each visitor who enters the Navajo County Superior Court facility must pass through
a security screening procedure with assistance from a Court Security Officer.
To speed the process, visitors are asked to:
- Empty pockets, placing contents in the container provided.
- Place purses, briefcases, backpacks and parcels on the x-ray machine for scanning.
- Walk through the metal detector.
If the x-ray or metal detector sets off an alert or alarm, a Court Security Officer
may perform another scan, using a hand wand. The security officer may also ask permission
to conduct a physical search of personal articles to determine the cause of the
alert or alarm. Before proceeding from the security screening area, visitors should
be sure to retrieve all of their personal possessions.
In Case of an Emergency
In the event of an emergency occurring in a court building, follow instructions
provided by Court Security Officers. The Officers will provide directions
and routes for leaving the building.
Emergency evacuation procedures include provisions for persons with physical disabilities.
Weapons in The Navajo County Superior Court Facility are prohibited, and warning
signs are placed prominently at the entrance to the Court building.
Hazardous and dangerous items are not permitted inside the court facility. Court
Security staff may prohibit any item deemed a danger to courthouse security.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following:
- Knitting needles
- Stun gun
- Ammunition components
- Letter openers
- Guns (i.e; primers, caps, powder)
- Mace/pepper spray
- Box cutters
- Martial arts devices
- Nail files(4" or longer)
- Ice picks
- Ninja pins
- Throwing stars
- Bullet clips, Magazines
- Large hat pins
- Brass knuckles
- Toy Gun
- Cork screws
- Bicycle chains
- Baseball bats
- Straight razors
- Black jacks
- Lock picks
- Tear gas
- Railroad spikes
- Metal club
- Co2 canisters
- Plastic knuckles
- Gun lighter
- Flammable liquids (other than a lighter)
- Twine knife
- Motorcycle chain
- Butterfly knife