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NCJ Number: 203372 Find in a Library
Title: Court Security: A Guide for Post 9-11 Environments
Author(s): Tony L. Jones
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 319
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-07419-4
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book details state-of-the-art court security operations and technologies, implemented since September 11, 2001.
Abstract: Chapter 1, discusses that courtrooms are often places for reactive offenders and individuals who feel wronged by the criminal justice system, and cautions that courthouses are prime locations for perpetrators to plan attacks, select targets, engage in subversion and sabotage, utilize threats, hoaxes, bombs, and explosives, and take hostages and manipulate the media. In order to thwart such attacks, courthouses must ensure personal and facility security through integrated security systems. Chapter 2, maintains that in order to ascertain what security measures are needed to improve courthouse safety, courthouse officials must conduct security surveys focusing on physical security, protective lighting, lock systems, seals and presses, alarms, metal detectors, intrusion, chemical, and concealed weapons detection systems, and video surveillance systems. Assessing blast mitigation, security robots, x-ray equipment, entry control, security officers, canine operations, and prisoner security are key to evaluating courthouse security measures. Courthouses must have guidelines in place for dealing with hostages and ways to save judges, to detect unusual behaviors in individuals, and to maintain effective emergency medical plans and security and control manuals. Chapter 3, details effective response mechanics focusing on response planning and operations security (OPSEC) as a countermeasure program designed to disrupt or defeat the ability of people to gain the inadvertent release of courthouse violence crisis response plans outside established control procedures. Members of the response planning committee should include the chief planning officer, administration support staff, the chief of courthouse security, logistics officers, facility architects and engineers, courthouse medical personnel, legal representatives, media spokespersons, and environmental safety and health officers. Following a brief description of the components needed in a courthouse violence plan, the book describes the importance of conducting drills and security exercises. Focusing on tactical considerations, chapter 4 details training issues including the use of weapons and medical aids. This chapter discusses the importance of courthouses containing an Emergency Operations Center designed for quick responses to dangerous explosive device and chemical situations. This book concludes that effective courthouse security systems are essential to ensuring public safety. Appendices A-B, Index
Main Term(s): Court security; Court security training
Index Term(s): Bomb detection; Chemical Weapons; Concealed weapons detection; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist weapons; Weapons
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