“The game is changing. There is more of a need to have better security.”
The union representing courthouse sheriffs is calling for security screening at the front door of all of B.C’s major courthouses, after a scary incident in Kelowna Thursday morning.
Dean Purdy, Vice President & Chair of Corrections & Sheriff Services with the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, says Kelowna courthouse sheriffs had to pull their guns, to deal with a man allegedly waving a knife and making threats.
Purdy says when it comes to the safety and security of sheriffs, judges, courthouse staff, and others in court, if changes aren’t made we are living on borrowed time.
“The real concern that we have is that there are no search gates or metal detectors at the Kelowna courthouse at the front entrance. One thing that we want to see is all of the major courthouses have search gates at the front entrance of there buildings, because like we saw in Penticton last summer a man brought a shotgun into the building and here is another incident in Kelowna.”
A 37-year-old Kelowna man will make a court appearance Friday.