Commissioners consider additional security measures at county courthouse

In light of the increased shootings of law enforcement agents over the past months, a proposal was made at the recent Coryell County commissioners meeting to add an expanded and updated mobile security system, including metal detectors, for the Coryell County Courthouse.

Coryell County Judge John Firth pointed out that the expense would run well into the high hundreds of thousands or even low millions of dollars to implement effectively in the venerable courthouse building. To meet fire codes and comply with ADA restrictions, the system of entry would require the current building to undergo massive renovation and extensive updates.

The Marshall Service recently conducted a study to determine the costs of an updated security system for the building. The findings reported a dollar amount that was deemed prohibitive. “Can we place a price on security and on the safety of our commissioners, judges and county employees?”, Firth questioned.


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