Prohibited and Dangerous Items - DCAMM Managed Facilities

Learn which items are considered dangerous and not allowed in the these buildings.

Prohibited items

The following items are not permitted inside the Building:

  • Dangerous Weapons: Only sworn Federal, State, County and Municipal law enforcement officers duly authorized to carry a weapon may do so while inside the Building.
  • Cut fresh Christmas trees, wreaths etc.
  • Open flames
  • Smoking
  • Pets or other animals with the exception of service animals
  • Appliances, such as portable heaters

* Should an exception to this policy be requested, a Portable Space Heater Request and Approval Form must be submitted to DCAMM. Requests may come from an individual or from an agency ADA Liaison for an individual’s reasonable accommodation. Please note: The request must be approved by the requestor’s supervisor prior to submittal.

Dangerous items

The following are not permitted inside the Building by anyone other than sworn police officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or federal law enforcement officers:

  • Firearms of any kind (see details below)
  • Explosive devices of any kind
  • BB or pellet guns
  • Knives with blades greater than 3” long
  • Mace, pepper spray or other chemical agents
  • Stun guns or other device for directing an electrical charge at persons
  • Other dangerous items, as determined by security officials or facility staff (see below)

All visitors, (e.g., anyone who is not a state employee or does not have ID Access) must submit to screening at a security checkpoint before entering the Building. Any visitor refusing to submit to screening will not be allowed entrance to the facility. Visitors are strictly prohibited from carrying any weapon (as listed above) while present in the Building.

Firearms

Only sworn law enforcement personnel from federal, state, county or municipal agencies are authorized to carry a firearm or other weapon while present in the Building. Those authorized officers must present valid agency identification to the Security Staff assigned to the building entrance. Following an inspection of proper credentials, the officer will be allowed to by-pass the screening equipment to enter the facility. Once permitted to enter the facility, the officer must ensure that the weapon remains on his/her person during their entire presence within the facility.  Visitors in possession of a weapon must declare the weapon to Security Staff on duty at the entry point. Visitors are not permitted in the Building with weapons as defined in section 10(b) of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Visitors will not be provided with secure storage areas for weapons. Visitors attempting to enter the Building with weapons will be denied entry and advised to secure those weapons elsewhere and return unarmed.

Other dangerous Items

Building Security Staff have sole discretion to disallow any other item that may, in their opinion, present a threat to the safety and security of the building or its occupants.

Items determined to be dangerous by authorized officials, as noted above, will not be permitted into the Building. At the discretion of the screening personnel on duty such items may, at the exclusive risk of the item’s owner, be put aside at a nearby location and reclaimed by the owner after exiting the facility. Neither DCAMM, nor any of the agencies noted above, assume any responsibility for items left pursuant to this policy. The Massachusetts State Police will respond to all incidents where a concealed weapon is not declared yet disclosed during a security inspection. The Massachusetts State Police reserve the right to ask for and view the owner’s permit to carry said weapon. Individuals in possession of firearms who are unable to produce a valid permit for that weapon are subject to arrest and confiscation of the weapon in accordance with Massachusetts’ law.

All inappropriate comments compromising the safety and security of the Building and/or personnel will be taken seriously and referred to the MA State Police for action.

Only state employees carrying a valid state employee identification card may be allowed to bypass a security checkpoint.

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