County awarded grant money for security

Although less than requested, Moffat County has been awarded grant money to bolster security at the county courthouse.

Earlier this month, the Court Security Commission announced its approval of $1.75 million in grant money to 47 Colorado counties to pay for new metal detectors, surveillance cameras, additional personnel, training opportunities and other security measures.

Moffat County's portion of those funds is $96,468, less than the $119,750 the County's Court Security Team requested, but enough to add improved security measures.

The funds will be used to pay for 1.5 court security officers, two 800 mHz radios, two TASERs and a hand-held security wand.

Courthouse security is currently limited to panic buttons in courtrooms and offices, and security provided by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, when requested or in high-profile cases, according to the Court Security Team's grant application.

"It's great," Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said of the grant award. "This is exactly what the judges have asked for. This is what we've been striving for. We want to utilize (the grant) the best we can."

Tom Gray, Moffat County commissioner and a Court Security Team member, said the county will begin implementing the improved security measures at the beginning of 2009.

Items the Court Security Team requested funding for, but were not allocated under the grant award, include a walk-through weapons/metal detector and building renovations.

Nonetheless, Gray and Jantz agreed the grant money and the measures it will pay for are an improvement for the courthouse.

A brief outline of the objectives for the grant money, according to the Court Security Team application, states that the funding will help secure the courthouse's third floor, which includes district and county courts, probation and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Access will be limited to ensure visitors are scanned for weapons when entering the third floor, according to the application.

Jantz said the grant money provides "peace of mind."

"It's peace of mind not only for our judges, but also for our public," Jantz said. "It works for both sides."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

Comments

taxslave 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh brother.

I hope they plan on hiring someone to stand on duty to "check our guns"....many of us are armed and licensed to be so or are they going to tell us that we don't have the right to carry arms? Or, do they tell us to leave it in the car? What good is it to be packin' if you can't carry?

Does the sheriff want to leave his gun in the lobby or go without it? Leaving your weapon is something I don't recommend.

Where does this end? Stop the fear crap. Not one incident in the past 40 years that I'm aware of and all of a sudden? Come on people.....WAKE UP.

This brings Federal money and Federal law....do we really want that? I don't. This used to be a such an awesome town and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, people are acting stupid.

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JDR4 5 years, 9 months ago

lol. oh brother,

besides arent gov buildings gun free zones most of the time. so what makes us so special. and yes, this town is getting more like a city buddy, plenty of small towns left in America. im sure youd fit in there too.. the staff in a volatile place like that need the peace of mid to perform their job well.

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freeman 5 years, 8 months ago

taxslave,this is not the early gun fighter days were everybody thinks they can carry a gun anywhere they please. Just because you have a license to carry a weapon makes you no different than anybody else. Most of the so called people who carry a concealed weapon in this town could not hit the broad side of a barn. Other than an officer, the only other people who carry a concealed weapon are plain scared of society or have something to hide

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