Addressing courts security

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At one time, there was more than one way to enter the Wood County court buildings. Now, the only way is through the front entrance.

That means you also go through metal detectors before proceeding to the court.

While not as noticeable, there's security in and around the courtrooms themselves, for the judge, court employees and trial jurors.

And cameras are installed inside and outside the buildings, visible by those inside and outside the building.

"I know the sheriff's department can observe around the clock what's happening at all the facilities," says Circuit Judge J.D. Beane, "and there's buttons to call for additional security if need be."

Beane, currently the court's chief judge, says instances like the latest reported threat may result in consultations with the supreme court and law enforcement.

But some coming changes may mean less need for some people to enter the judicial annex.

"As we get caught up with the technology," Judge Beane says, "and I know they're scanning documents now into the system to go eventually paperless, that will improve people's access to the courts, without them having to physically be in the courthouse."

But can all this prevent an attack? Judge Beane admits that's less certain.