MASON, MI (WLNS) – Almost every courthouse within Ingham County is equipped with some form of security.
But, in an effort to minimize the threat, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department is working with county courthouses to ramp up the type of security that’s stationed at the entrance ways.
If you’ve ever been inside an Ingham County courtroom, you’ve seen a deputy standing by for security reasons.
However, law enforcement officials want to bring them outside the court room as well.
“What we’re working on right now, it’s pretty much in it’s infancy although we have been discussing it for a couple of years, is putting deputies at the entrances to the court,” Undersheriff Allan Spyke from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said. “How many will it require and how much will that cost.”
While there are currently private security officers who guard the doors now, Undersheriff Spyke said having uniformed deputies there could increase protection to not only the court room, but the entire building.
While nothing is set in stone yet, it’s something Judge Thomas Boyd said he will support.
“Having law enforcement gives them the ability to do things like aid in the case of an emergency, make an arrest, and confiscate contraband that may be coming through the doors,” Judge Boyd said.
“This is part of the 2016 budget process,” Undersheriff Spyke said. “So it’s still being discussed with the controller’s office, the budgeting office and facilities office.”
If worked into this budget, it could also create more jobs.
“This will not be existing staff we will have to hire new for each one of the facilities where we provide security,” Spyke said.
Undersheriff Spyke said the deputy security would start at places like the 55th District Court as well as the Ingham County Court House.
“In terms of security at a facility like this it’s the absence of imagination that’s the most dangerous and so what we try to do is be prepared for things that are unthinkable,” Judge Boyd said.
This proposal will be presented as a budget item for the year 2016, leaving the final decision in the hands of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.