Security improvements coming to the White Co. Courthouse

Employees and visitors at the White County Courthouse will soon have some beefed up security to deal with.

Posted: May 10, 2018 4:27 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 6:16 PM

WHITE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Metal detectors, cameras, and restricted entrances are something the public has never had to deal with in the White County Courthouse, but that's about to change.

Employees and visitors at the White County Courthouse will soon have some beefed up security to deal with.

News 18 spoke with an employee and members of the community to see how they felt about the changes.

"Here there's nothing," Glen Jones said of current courthouse security. "You can just walk right on in."

Access into and out of the White County Courthouse has never been very restricted.

"It's a small town," said White County resident Misty Tetzloff. "It's a close-knit community. So, I'm not surprised by it."

Not until recently.

"I'd like to take care of the situation before it arises instead of waiting until it does and then react to it," Tetzloff added.

White County Commissioners have teamed up with the sheriff, prosecutor and judges to create a courthouse safety commission.

Some improvements are already noticeable around the building.

"You'll notice the security camera for the four entrances that the officers can watch," said White County Commissioner David Diener.
"We also have security cameras throughout every office, every hallway in the building.

Cameras aren't the only added measure to improve safety here at the courthouse. All but one entrance will stay locked at all times. There is also the addition of a metal detector that will help continue to improve safety.

"I think it's just kind of a sign of the times," said courthouse employee Barbara Nydegger. "It makes me feel better. A little more secure."

Nydegger welcomes the added security.

"It will help protect, not only those of us who work here who may be unaware of what's happening on the third floor a little safer," said Nydegger. "Just anybody who's coming in and out of the courthouse should feel a little safer."

Sheriff's deputies have always had a presence in the building, but some feel it's time to step up and add the new technology.

"Just having that presence alone, helps as a deterrent, but I think the doors and the metal detectors would help as well," said Tetzloff.

Diener said the new safety measures will be implemented after May 21.

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