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Protecting Court: A Practitioner's Guide to Court Security

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Lt. Jimmie H. Barrett, Jr.
Date Published
149 pages
This book examines the art of protecting today's courts by using history as its example and common sense as its foundation
This book is designed to be used by law enforcement and criminal justice officials addressing the complex issues of providing court security and is a first step in the professionalization of court security and enhancing the safety of the judicial system. This book provides a pragmatic guide of best practices in courthouse security strategies. As demonstrated far too often in today's news, there are some who will lash out in anger and violence if the scale of justice does not weigh in their favor. The intensity of emotion within the courthouse has placed a spotlight on the court security officer whose role is to ensure that all participants in the courthouse are safe and free from harm. This book illustrates the importance of courtroom security measures which are too often overlooked until tragedies occur. Examples throughout the book depict specific courtroom events to demonstrate applicable concepts and solutions for court security practitioners. Notes, glossary, and index