Courthouse Security

Responsibilities and Duties

Sheriff's Deputies work in the courts and are responsible for the security of the Colonial Heights Courthouse. Their duties include the protection of life and property for judges, court personnel, attorneys, citizens and prisoners. They are responsible for operation of the metal detector at the entrance of the courtroom. They make sure court proceedings take place in a safe and orderly manner.

What NOT to bring in the Courthouse

By court order, the following Items NOT allowed in the Courthouse:
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Sharp objects (i.e. knives, forks, razor blades, scissors, etc.)
  • Tools (i.e. screwdrivers, cutters, hammers, etc.)
  • Cameras
  • Glass bottles
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Aerosol cans or spray bottles
  • Combustible or potentially explosive items
  • Cell phones
  • Tape recorders of any kind
The Sheriff’s Office will not be responsible for or hold any cellular phones or any other property.

Courthouse Security Clearance Requirement

All outside vendors or contractual employees who will be performing interior or exterior work at the Courthouse facility are required to obtain a security clearance through the Colonial Heights Sheriff’s Office. Once approved, the security clearance is valid for one year and expires 12 months from the date submitted. Vendors or contractual employees are required to reapply prior to the expiration date.

Courthouse Security Clearance Form