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By far our largest division, the Protective Services Division is tasked with the safety and security of all those who work in or visit the Northampton County Courthouse or any of the other four County facilities for which the Northampton County Sheriff's Department provides physical security. The Protective Services Division strives to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment in which court proceedings and the business of county government can be transacted without distraction or interference. Providing effective security for the court proceedings of the Court of Common Pleas is also a primary mission of the Protective Services Division, as is the screening for prohibited weapons or items of individuals who enter our secure facilities.