Farmville, Virginia – The Prince Edward County Courthouse will operate under heightened security because of recent threats that have forced the evacuation of the building twice in the last six weeks. All courthouse offices remain open and are available to the public.
County Administrator Wade Bartlett sent information out to the courts, county departments and state agencies on Wednesday evening informing them that the security measures are heavily weighted for the interests of the safety of all those who work and visit the courthouse.
Bartlett said the extra steps, which start Thursday, July 12, include having all employees and the general public enter the building from the Third Street door through a metal detector. All bags, purses and backpacks will be subject to search. The building will be examined at the beginning of each day before it is open to employees or the public to confirm no threat exists.
The threats are under continued investigation by the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information, contact County Administrator Wade Bartlett at (434) 547-8837.