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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Access to the Hancock County Courthouse has been limited to one door"

So reported Caitlin VanOverberghe July 10th in the Greenfield Daily Reporter. A few quotes:

Access to the Hancock County Courthouse has been limited to one door on the building’s east side as part of an effort to tighten security.

The modification is the first in a much-anticipated series of updates county leaders have planned that they say will make the courthouse safer for employees and visitors. * * *

“The courthouse was built in a simpler time,” Hancock Circuit Judge Richard Culver said. “As it stands now, it’s not conducive for security. And I don’t think anyone believes those (security) threats will decrease anytime soon.”

Now, officials are taking the first steps in easing safety concerns.

Three of the four entrances to the building now will be locked at all times, said Maj. Brad Burkhart, Hancock County sheriff’s chief deputy. Alarms that will sound if doors are opened from the inside are being installed on the north, south and west entrances, and signs have been put in place warning people to use those doorways only in an emergency, he said.

Plans are in place to install metal detectors at the east entrance as early as November, and proposals for hiring more security guards have been brought up at county government meetings, Burkhart said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 15, 2015 01:13 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts