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03/28/05 - Nacogdoches

Courthouse Security Studied

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by Donna McCollum

All along courthouse renovations in Nacogdoches County have called for improved security measures. But the courthouse violence in Tyler has planners wanting to know if any of those safeguards can be implemented now.

On Monday the commissioner's court met with Sheriff Thomas Kerss, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bob Hurst and the courthouse architect. They all know its difficult regulating what happens outside courthouse doors, but there are deterrents to make the inside safer.

Judge Sue Kennedy said, "It forces somebody that's going to take that kind of grievance act against the public to move it into a different arena. So we're going to see what we can do to provide additional security for our public and our employees in the courthouse."

For the next couple of weeks planners will determine what can be implemented now in the courthouse and the annex.

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