GIBSON COUNTY, Ind (WEHT) – County officials across Indiana must have courthouse security measures in place beginning next year.
That’s according to a new amended Indiana supreme court rule.
The new rule is set to go into effect on January 1st, 2020.
Although some people support the demand for security in county courts, some county officials say they don’t believe they will meet the requirements in time.
Metal detectors, security cameras, and security guards at the entrance, some say is a hassle.
But other Vanderburgh County Courthouse visitors, like Sandra Goshinska, say it’s necessary.
“I think they need to have that. It’s important to people because it’s safe to go through there and I mean there’s enough on everybody’s mind you don’t have to worry about safety.”
According to rule 19, Each court must submit their security policy and procedures to the Indiana office of court services every two years.
Although most counties have some security measures in place, including Vanderburgh and Pose County.
Smaller counties like Gibson and Spencer have no security plan.
County officials raised their concerns to commissioners about meeting the state’s security standards by the deadline due to the high cost of equipment and manpower.
We reached out to officials in Gibson and Perry County about how they plan to meet state requirements, but they were unavailable.
Some people say they don’t think county officials should be penalized if they don’t have the funds.
“I mean if the funds aren’t available and stuff it’s understandable. If the funds aren’t there the funds aren’t there.”
“I think there should be security everywhere. As far as penalties I can’t assign them, but yea I think they need to have that,” says Goshinska.
(This story was originally published on December 4, 2019)
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