VSEA Judiciary Members’ Security Concerns Reignited By Pulling Of Washington County Sheriffs Due To Funding

VSEA Judiciary members have been bringing concerns to management and lawmakers for years about safety and security in Vermont’s courthouses, and a story in today’s Times Argus only serves to bolster their case.

VSEA heard from members in Barre that, for a time, there was no security in the courthouse yesterday, and the reason why was in today’s story:

"That shortage also forced [Washington County Sheriff Samuel Hill] to completely give up security screening at the Washington County courthouse. There are usually two deputies at the entrance to the courthouse: one working the scanner and the other with the handheld metal detector." 

Note: Not acceptable!

VSEA Press Release (Oct. 2015) on courthouse security concerns.