The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will not give back  “prohibited items” they confiscate at security checkpoints at Jackson County courthouses, according to office spokesman Sgt. Steve Leone.



So it’s best to leave your pocket knives and knitting needles at home or in your vehicle.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will not give back  “prohibited items” they confiscate at security checkpoints at Jackson County courthouses, according to office spokesman Sgt. Steve Leone.

So it’s best to leave your pocket knives and knitting needles at home or in your vehicle.

In the past, some prohibited items were stored by security workers who would give the owner a  number they would return to retrieve their belongings at a later time.

Prohibited items include any knife (of any length), any hand tool, any wallet chain, handcuff key, ice pick, metal fork, any aerosol spraypaint, hairspray, any sharp pointed scissors, any pepper spray or chemical mace, box cutter, razors, razor blade and/or razor knife, metal hair pick, knitting needle, stun gun or Taser.

Also, those entering the courthouse and not exempt by law and in possession of any contraband will be in violation of the law and could face criminal prosecution. That contraband includes a firearm, explosive, illegal drugs, butterfly, switchblade or other knife with a blade length exceeding 4 inches, brass knuckles, sword or sword cane.

Electronic items like cell phones are allowed within the courthouse but they must be in silent mode prior to entering any courtroom.

In 2009, more than 10,000 knives and razorblades were taken from the more than 700,000 visitors going through the security checkpoints of the Kansas City and Independence courthouses.