Rock County shores up courthouse security

Print Article

Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News From right: World Security Group security officer Robinson Louis is trained by SGTS Inc. project manager Dieter Bukolt on how to use the new screening equipment at the Rock County Courthouse on Wednesday. The new configuration opens today that requires all courthouse visitors to go through a metal detector and screening area.

JANESVILLE - After months of construction and security upgrades, those visiting the Rock County Courthouse today will see its new configuration and security upgrades.

Officials say the changes, which started in December of 2018, will boost security and bring the courthouse up to modern standards in security.

Starting today, all visitors will be screened through metal detectors. Previously, those entering the courthouse only for legal services and court appearances were required to go through a metal detector. Those with steel toe boots or shoes will be asked to remove their footwear.

The public will now park in the front of the courthouse in both levels of the west parking structure.

Transit riders with a handicap will push a buzzer at the door by the bus stop and wait for a security escort. Employees will be required to park in the back east parking lot and underground parking structure. Signs will be posted to assist the public.

"We are all ready to go," said Facilities Management Director Brent Sutherland. "It went well and we didn't have any major delays and we were able to keep it on time."

Sutherland said the next step in shoring up the changes would be determining whether to arm security at the entrance. In February, Sutherland introduced a motion to the Rock County Board that was tabled after much discussion.

According to Sutherland, costs to arm the current private security firm, Global Security Group, would cost around $88,282 annually. To have additional deputies from the Rock County Sheriff's Office, who are already armed, would cost the county around $172,105.

Sutherland said the issue could come before the full Rock County Board at either the Nov. 14 or Dec. 12 meetings.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Season's first tree

November 18, 2019 at 10:22 am | Sophie Broderick and her sister Hannah Broderick, both of Beloit, start to cut down a Christmas tree at Williams Tree Farm in Rockton on Saturday. This weekend marked the first of the season at the p...

Comments

Read More

On a mission: Volunteers repaint Vietnam-era military helicopter

November 18, 2019 at 10:24 am | FOOTVILLE - Footville American Legion Devins-Teehan-McGuire Post #237's 1968 AH-1 Cobra helicopter is sporting a new paint job. Although the Vietnam-era warbird has been a popular and beloved tribu...

Comments

Read More

Hundreds support Beloit Hospice fundraiser

November 18, 2019 at 10:20 am | BELOIT - Hundreds came out Saturday to celebrate the work of Beloit Regional Hospice, with the group's 15th annual Doves and Diamonds gala soaring to new heights. This year's event got a special tw...

Comments

Read More

Jail chaplain program collects toys for distribution to inmates' children

November 18, 2019 at 10:32 am | BELOIT - Since the late 1980s, the Rock County Jail Chaplaincy has used an annual toy drive to make the holidays a little brighter for children whose parents are in custody at the Rock County Jail. ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X