The Third Branch
Court security conference explores case studies, emphasizes safety
About 200 people representing court staff and law enforcement gathered March 4-6 at Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton for a court security conference entitled Living and Working Safely in Today's Society.
Presenters discussed case studies in court security, including the George Zimmerman homicide trial in Florida and a courthouse shooting in Wilmington, Del.
First Judicial District Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, and Deputy District Court Administrator Beth Perrigo presented on collaborative responses and recovery of business operations after a fire and smoke heavily damaged parts of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
Among other topics discussed: victim/witness protection, prisoner transport, firearms surrender protocol, multiple jurisdiction security planning, collaboration with county government, and incidents related to custody and family trials.
Fox Valley Technical College has become a partner with the court system in helping provide court security education and training for students, court staff and the law enforcement community.
Glenn McGovern, senior investigator for the Santa Clara County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office, presents during a session titled "Personal Vulnerability and Target Hardening for the Justice Community" at a court security conference in Appleton on March 5. McGovern discussed ways to help detect and prevent potential attacks on public officials, including judges.