Navajo County

Proudly Serving, Continuously Improving Since 1895

Navajo County Superior Courts
Court Security

Mission Statement

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 one.

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.

Sincerely,

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 Policy

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:

  • Alcohol
  • Darts
  • Syringes
  • Ammunition
  • Knitting needles
  • Stun gun
  • Ammunition components
  • Letter openers
  • Guns (i.e; primers, caps, powder)
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Hammers
  • Box cutters
  • Martial arts devices
  • Handcuffs
  • Batons
  • Nail files(4" or longer)
  • Ice picks
  • Bullets
  • Ninja pins
  • Throwing stars
  • Bullet clips, Magazines
  • Large hat pins
  • Tools
  • Brass knuckles
  • Scissors
  • Toy Gun
  • Clubs
  • Cork screws
  • Spurs
  • Screwdrivers
  • Chains
  • Bicycle chains
  • Baseball bats
  • Horseshoes
  • Straight razors
  • Daggers
  • Black jacks
  • Lock picks
  • Tear gas
  • Railroad spikes
  • Glass
  • Metal club
  • Co2 canisters
  • Swords
  • Plastic knuckles
  • Gun lighter
  • Mirrors
  • Flammable liquids (other than a lighter)
  • Twine knife
  • Razors
  • Motorcycle chain
  • Butterfly knife
  • Switchblades

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