We will discuss a typical profile of those involved in court
building incidents, types of trials that incidents have
occurred, types of weapons used, nine keys to court security
vulnerability and general information relating to how many
have been killed, wounded, injured, or taken hostage in
General Information: During this period,
we will discuss the duties of court security personnel,
elements comprising courtroom demeanor and areas of security
Regular Court Security Procedures: During
this period, we will discuss measures to ensure records
and evidence security, procedures for judges’ security,
and security measures for witnesses and their waiting areas.
Normal Jury Procedures: During this period,
we will discuss points to emphasize during jury orientation,
rules when escorting jurors, procedures for court security
officers to follow during jury deliberations, options a
judge has when a juror becomes ill, emergency procedures
when a juror must be evacuated from the courtroom, and guidelines
for guarding the jury deliberation room.
Sequestered Juries: During this period, we
will discuss steps in pre-planning for a sequestered jury,
areas of special consideration in pre-planning for sequestered
juries, and problem areas encountered with sequestered jury
Prisoner/Defendant Security: During this
period, we will discuss categories of in-custody defendants
appearing in court, the weakest links of the custodial process,
prisoner transportation, restraining devices, policies on
weapons, temporary holding area policies, times escape attempts
usually occur, policies on disruptive conduct, communication
with other than court security officers, handling female
prisoners, juvenile procedures, search of litigants and
defendants on bond.
High-Risk Trials: During this period, we
will discuss common characteristics of a high-risk trial,
representatives of agencies forming a security committee,
tasks of the security committee, elements of an operational
plan, and court security measures for high-risk trials.
Special Courtroom Considerations: During
this period, we will discuss critical times when the potential
for incidents is greater than usual, factors which contribute
to disruption in court, the potential for incidents during
arraignments and sentencing, civil and domestic court cautions,
unruly spectator procedures.
Emergency Procedures: During this period,
we will discuss the types of emergencies that often occur
in court buildings, general recommendations for handling
emergency situations, and recommendations for the various
emergency plans. Due to the increase in bombing activities,
a special section on bomb/physical security planning and
characteristics of letter/parcel bombs has been incorporated.
Post Event Review: During this period, we will discuss the
purposes of a review and guidelines for conducting a review.
Physical Security Surveys: During this period,
we will discuss information determined by conducting an
on-site examination and analysis of the court building,
key factors in any physical security survey, physical survey
elements, of a pre-survey, recommendations on designing
the survey report, and how to conduct post-survey activities.