The San Joaquin County General Services Department is responsible for keeping the Administration Building a safe and secure environment. These security measures are for everyone that enters the building and are not intended to harass, exclude, or inconvenience anyone. Cooperation is requested of everyone in order to achieve this goal. All person(s) entering the Administration Building will be required to undergo security screening including walk-through metal detection and x-ray inspection of any hand carried items. Plan ahead to allow enough time to get through security.
Procedure Upon Entering the Administration Building
All persons entering the Administration Building are asked to:
- Empty their pockets and place the contents in a container for x-ray scanning
- Place coats/jackets, purses, briefcases, backpacks, and parcels on the belt of the x-ray machine
- Walk through the metal detector
If the x-ray or metal detector sets off an alert or alarm, security personnel may perform a scan using a hand-held wand. Security personnel may conduct a physical search of personal articles to determine the cause of the alert or alarm.
Before leaving the security screening area, persons are reminded to retrieve all personal possessions. Security personnel will not hold items while the person(s) are in the building. Security personnel is not responsible for any items left in the screening area.
In general, any item(s) that could be used to harm or injure another person is not permitted and/or any other item a member of the security team deems as a threat to the safety of the building and the persons within the building.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: (Pursuant to Penal Code 171 (b) and San Joaquin County Ordinance)
- Firearms, including ammunition (without a valid Concealed Carry Weapon [CCW] Permit)
- BB Guns, Paintball Guns, etc.
- Replica and Toy Guns, etc.
- Martial Arts Weapons
- Knives (blades longer than 4" in length)
- Brass Knuckles
Individuals possessing any of the above prohibited items will be required to leave the Administration Building and return without them in their possession, If Being in possession of an item is, a violation of the law, the individual may be subject to criminal charges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do employees have to go through the scanner?
All persons, including employees entering the San Joaquin County Administration Building, are subject to the security screening.
I have metal implants or another internal medical device; what do I do?
Notify the security personnel that you would prefer a scan using the hand-held wand if you are unable to utilize the walk-through metal detector.
Why are we doing this?
Building security is an on-going concern. The implementation of security screening protocol is the latest measure being used to increase the safety for staff and visitors of the Administration Building.
Who will be handling the security/screening?
Private security guards.
What items will be prohibited from the building?
Prohibited items include but is not limited to: Firearms (without a valid license to carry), Knives, Batons, Brass Knuckles, Martial Arts Weapons, BB Guns, Paintball Guns, and Replica or toy guns.
I have a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit? Can I still enter?
Visitors with a CCW permit must present their CCW and state issued identification to security personnel prior to going through the security screening. They will be directed on the proper storage of their weapon(s) while in the building.
Employees who are assigned to the Administration Building as their primary work location, and have a valid CCW permit may complete an application to properly store their firearm while in the facility.
Risk Management can be contacted at 209-468-3376 for more information. Visitors with a CCW permit must present their CCW and state issued to security personnel prior to going through the security screening. They will be directed on the proper storage of their weapon(s) while in the building.
Administration Building Policy - Possession of Firearms (Visitors)
What if I have a service animal?
Service animals will be visually inspected by security personnel.
When I leave the building, do I have to go back through security again?
Once you have left the secured area in the building, in order to regain access, you must adhere to security screening.
What happens if I am late to work/coming back from lunch because of the security screening?
Every effort will be made to expedite the security screening process. Employees are expected to arrive at work on time and would need to plan accordingly. Every department has their own time and attendance policies. Check with your Department Head or Designee for more information.
What happens if I refuse to be screened?
Any person failing to adhere to the security screening will be denied entrance to the Administration Building.
What if I have self-defense devices (i.e., mace, pepper spray, stun gun, etc.)?
At this time, those items are permitted to enter the building. If using pepper spray, the building preference is to use pepper foam as opposed to the aerosol version.
Will the Sheriff Deputy still be in the building?
The Sheriff Deputy assigned to this building will continue to be a part of the security personnel team in at the Administration Building. They will handle any matters that are above the scope of the private security guards (i.s. confiscation of illegal weapons, detaining suspiscious persons, etc.).
What will happen if the machine is shut-down?
If the X-Ray or Walk-Through Metal Detectors are shut down, security personnel will continue to process individuals through a secondary method, including hand wanding and/or visual searches.
I need ADA accommodations or assistance; what do I do?
An accessible lane, meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act standards will be available for those with physical disabilities.