Apr 17, 2013 7:26 PM by Chris Welty

Security Changes Possible at Vermilion Parish Courthouse

New security measures could soon be in place at the Vermilion Parish Courthouse.

15th Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin is ordering a report on the security or lack of at the courthouse to be complete within 90 days.

Walking into the Vermilion Parish Courthouse, you won't see metal detectors or deputies guarding the doors. Surveillance cameras do record around the clock and deputies provide security in the courtroom on trial days.

"Every agency is strapped for cash and it's just a matter of trying to meet a happy medium," said Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters Michael Bertrand.

He's worked at the courthouse for 28 years and says security is a concern.

"I think it's things that we need to look at and see if there's something we can do to make it safer for the people that come by and the employees."

Nathan Granger, Vermilion Parish Police Jury President says they're looking at possible grant money to purchase scanners and metal detectors. If a security plan is approved, public entrances will be limited. Courthouse employees agree most days are quiet.

"To my knowledge, we have not had any real serious security breaches or problems," said District Attorney Mike Harson.

No matter how much security is in place, there's always the possibility something could happen.

"Nothing is full proof but I think it's important to take the necessary precautions and exam different security methods," said Bertrand.

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury will meet next week and possibly decide what security measures need to be taken.

Chris Welty



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