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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Federal courthouses in western Arkansas getting security additions

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click to enlarge FORT SMITH COURTHOUSE: Work will block use of sidewalk by vehicles.
  • FORT SMITH COURTHOUSE: Work will block use of sidewalk by vehicles.
The U.S. Marshal's Service has issued a news release explaining a variety of construction projects for federal courthouses in the western district of Arkansas, generally to improve security.

For example, explained  Dewaine Allen, a wall is being built at the Fort Smith federal courthouse to prevent vehicle use of a circular sidewalk that can take cars right up to the front door.

According to Chief Allen, “you can’t just drive up to the front door of a federal facility anymore, and while it’s unfortunate, those are the times we live in. Domestic terrorism, mass shootings, and violent protests are all hot topics in the media, and the United States Marshals Service is tasked with not only protecting the physical structure of a federal courthouse, but also with protecting those within those facilities, including federal judges, jurors, and the general public.” 
Work is also underway at the courthouse in Fayetteville, Texarkana and El Dorado, the last one historic but one of the most unsafe in the country and long overdue for work, Allen said.

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