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PHONE:  (540) 375-3040 or (540) 389-0978|HOURS:  M-F 8am-4:30pm |EMAIL:  ratkins@salemva.gov
JUROR LINE: (540) 224-8502|LOCATION:  2 East Calhoun Street, Salem, VA 24153

Court Security

PHONE:  (540) 375-3040 or (540) 389-0978|HOURS:  M-F 8am-4:30pm |EMAIL:  ratkins@salemva.gov
JUROR LINE: (540) 224-8502|LOCATION:  2 East Calhoun Street, Salem, VA 24153

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The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the safety and security of the courthouse, and transportation of inmates to and from courts.

In Fiscal year 2015 - 2016 the Sheriff's Office provided security for 595 court sessions and transported 1,225 persons in custody.

The Sheriff's Office uses both standing and hand-held metal detectors, as well as an x-ray machine to ensure that weapons are not introduced into the courthouse.

Items Restricted from Courthouse

Some of the restricted items include:

  • Guns
  • Pocket knives
  • Box cutters
  • Pepper spray or mace
  • Scissors
  • Handcuff keys (with the exception of law enforcement)
  • Fish hooks on hats
  • Spiked belts
  • Cell Phones, Laptops, I-pods/I-pads, and any other electronic devices as of November, 2010 per Circuit Court order.

Any other item considered to be a weapon may also be restricted from the courthouse.

Emergency Action Plan

Interior view of Courtroom

 In October 2001, the Sheriff's Office published and adopted an Emergency Action Plan for all Courthouse employees. The plan was written after an in-depth risk assessment and research project was conducted. This plan outlines the procedures to be taken by all employees during any emergency situation that may involve courthouse employees.