Lebanon Reporter

May 8, 2013

Courthouse security plan calls for more deputies, screening

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — Since it opened more than 100 years ago, the Boone County Courthouse has been accessible to the public without limits.

That accessibility will eventually be restricted, and police presence substantially increased, if a security plan is approved.

A committee that reviewed security concerns at the courthouse has recommended a five-year plan that will add officers as soon as this year, and eventually require the building’s visitors to go through checkpoints.

While “it is impossible to ensure security (in) an uncertain world where evil exists,” Superior Court I Judge Matthew Kincaid said, “what we can do is diminish risk.”

“We need to recognize the realities,” he said.

A decision to review security in the courthouse began after a man, with a video camera strapped to his head, entered the Superior Court II office in September 2012, startling the staff. An eight-member security committee was named by the Boone County Commissioners the next month.

No action can be taken, however, without the Boone County Council’s approval of money to pay for the plan.

A resolution supporting the five-year plan will be considered by the commissioners at their May 20 meeting.

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