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Sheriff’s Office is seeking to add more security cameras at the courthouse

Tonya Bina
tbina@skyhidailynews.com

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to add more security cameras at the Grand County Courthouse.

The addition of more cameras was not prompted by any specific incident, according to Grand County Undersheriff Jim Campbell, but is to round out what was originally planned for the building.

About eight cameras presently exist throughout court facilities, thanks to a 2010 Court Security Grant through the State Court Security Commission of the Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office.

A new 2012 Court Security Grant of $25,156 will now serve to add two cameras outside, augmenting security supplied by two existing parking-lot cameras, as well as eight additional fixed cameras in hallways, courtrooms and holding areas.

“We’re just keeping up with what can best protect the building and all the citizens, court staff and victims,” Campbell said.

Camera footage is monitored live on a consistent basis, he said.

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Adding cameras to court facilities was a priority in 2011, but a request for $92,000 through a Court Security Grant was only partially funded to add video conferencing to court operations.

About $23,000 was awarded to Grand County last year, which allowed for the implementation of monitors, cameras and controls to have video conferencing during court proceedings. For example, an inmate may meet with a courtroom judge during a live proceeding without ever leaving the jail.

“We use it quite a bit,” Campbell said, “especially if we have multiple attendants who need to be advised.”

Video conferencing, he said, “keeps inmates in a controlled environment.”

The Grand County commissioners approved the contract to install new courthouse cameras at their April 17 meeting.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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