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Visitors Subject to Search at Police Station in Crisfield

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 CRISFIELD, Md. - The Crisfield Police Department is stepping up security after two New York City Police officers were shot and killed while sitting in their police cruiser last month. Signs are posted at the Crisfield police station that tell visitors they could be searched when entering the building.

The signs read, "Due to ongoing national events, all persons entering this police department are subject to being searched." Chief Michael Tabor implemented the new rule following the deaths of N.Y.P.D. officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot at point-blank range by a man who killed himself.

"These two police officers were doing nothing but sitting in their police car and they were executed," Tabor said. " We have to watch our backs."

The new rule will not apply to everyone who enters the police station .Tabor said officers will "watch for people with disheveled clothing [and] bulges in certain areas."

He said disgruntled people could be subject to a pat-down as well. Ish Ennis, who spent a few hours in Crisfield Thursday, supports the new policy.

"It's just the way of life," Ennis said. "It's just how we live nowadays."

"I understand how they feel because you don't know what's on somebody's mind,"  said Linnette Cullen, who lives in Crisfield. 

Beth Pruitt of Crisfield questioned the rule's legality and whether it violates others' basic rights.

"Sometimes, I feel like it would be an unreasonable search; the Fourth Amendment," she said. 
   
However, Tabor said it is legal and necessary.

"Yes, it's legal," Tabor said.  "You're placing them [visitors] on notice that this is a police facility and if they enter this facility they are subject to a search." 

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