Miami Co. commissioners plan to improve courthouse security

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MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Board of Miami County Commissioners plan to move forward with adding safety features such as bag checkpoints at the entrances to the old courthouse and Safety Building lobbies despite not receiving funding for the project.

Our partners at the Piqua Daily Call report that the Miami County Sheriff’s Office has been advocating for the changes for over 20 years.

The commissioners met with representatives from a number of departments located in the old courthouse and the Safety Building to ask for help on funding the security upgrades.

Sheriff Duchak estimates the project would cost around $100,000 including X-ray machines to process bags, purses, briefcases, and other items that would need to be searched when the public enters either the old courthouse or the Safety Building.

The county’s metal detectors would be moved to those lobbies in order for the public to walk through when entering those buildings.

Commissioner Simmons asked representatives from each of the courts if they would be willing to contribute one-fourth of the cost, around $25,000 each, to help get the project started.

Simmons says that even if the other departments decline to chip in, they will go ahead and make the changes anyway.

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