Due to the sharp rise of violence in court settings, (ranging from minor disturbances to murder), courtrooms all over the country are taking precautions to make the courtroom personnel, as well as the citizens that attend court proceedings, feel safer by safeguarding against courtroom violence. The Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail currently supplies officers to the Daviess and DeKalb County Courthouses to man a metal detector upon entering
the court house on all Traffic Law Days, Associate Circuit Law Days, and Circuit Law Days. The officer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Providing controlled access into the Courthouse
- Once inside the Courthouse, an officer runs a walk-through metal detector, while another runs a wand to target specific areas.
- Checks of all handbags, purses, and items that might be able to conceal contraband.
- Security checks of the courtroom before court begins
- Outside perimeter check of Courthouse
- Inside checks of bathrooms, closets, and common areas