Forrest, Jones County supervisors address courthouse safety

Forrest, Jones County supervisors address courthouse safety
Jones County Courthouse

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After a recent fatal shooting at a Michigan courthouse, Forrest and Jones Counties are looking at ways to become safer.

Supervisors from both counties have discussed options for future plans to add safety measures to the facilities.

"We are going to have certified deputies that have arresting powers, we are also looking at how to control the public entrance and exiting the courthouse," said Jones County Board of Supervisors President Jerome Wyatt.

Forrest and Jones County courthouses have multiple entrances throughout the buildings, and that's one thing that concerns supervisors.

Forrest County already has deputies in all of the county courthouses.

"The sheriff has dedicated three additional deputies to the courthouses downtown, so we have deputies assigned to the chancery building, the circuit court building and the tax building, and a fourth deputy that roams between all of the county buildings," said Forrest County Board of Supervisors President, David Hogan.

Hogan added that so far there have been no reported incidents, but the need for safety measures is necessary.

"There has to be a balance when it comes to courthouse security, because we are spending the tax payers money, and when do you have not enough and when do you have too much," said Hogan.

"We understand the gravity of these images we see across the TV, and so we are taking the positive steps to look at security a little bit different than we've done in the past," said Wyatt.

Hogan and Wyatt said the addition of metal detectors as well as controlling the flow of pedestrian traffic into and out of the courthouses and county buildings is something that will be addressed.