Recent events around the country have gotten the attention of the Pulaski County government.
During Monday night’s meeting, county IT Director RB Walters recommended using some available funds to install security cameras at the Pulaski County Courthouse. The cameras would be routed directly to the Justice Center for observation if an emergency button is hit.
Walters says he took it upon himself to investigate some solutions.
“Going with cameras throughout the courthouse and the justice center,” says Walters. “There are no cameras at the justice center and also the annex. We already have the fiber run between the buildings so one system will actually take care of all three buildings.”
Plans for a new or renovated courthouse in Pulaski County have stalled for the time being. Included in any renovation would be an increase in security including cameras and single entry access points.
Until any plans are seen through to completion, Pulaski County has an interest from protecting itself and its employees from an active shooter situation. Berrien County, Michigan was cited as an example reasonably close to home for the commissioners.
Commissioner Larry Brady says the IT Director brought the proposal to him during a recent meeting.
“It was quite evident to me that this is the right direction that we need to move in for the safety of our employees and our customers that visit the courthouse, annex, and/or justice center,” says Brady.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $23-thousand.
The Pulaski County Commissioners recommended funding the project, 2-1. Bud Krohn, Jr. voted against the proposal.