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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO The Benton County Administration Building in Bentonville.

BENTONVILLE -- Visitors will soon no longer be able to bring their backpacks or computer bags into the Benton County Administration Building in Bentonville.

A new "no bags" policy will go into effect Oct. 1 at the county building at 215 E. Central Ave., according to a Tuesday news release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

The policy will follow one implemented last year at the Benton County Courthouse prohibiting backpacks, camera cases, printed plastic bags, computer bags, seat cushions and diaper bags in the building. The policy also requires purses to be 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches or smaller.

The policy is meant to enhance the safety of the building's workers and visitors and aligns with the federal Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, according to the release.

NW News on 09/18/2019

Print Headline: Benton County to implement 'no bags' policy

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