Wisconsin Court House to Increase Security

Wisconsin Court House to Increase Security

A courthouse in Rock County, Wisconsin is getting security upgrades.

Construction on a security screening station at the Rock County Courthouse likely will begin in December now that the county board has approved a contract for the project.

The contract, approved last week, green-lights phases 2 and 3 of the ongoing security upgrades for the municipal building. Those phases, which are expected to cost about $5.2 million next year, will change how the public enters the courthouse and will alter the east-side entrance.

The first phase of the project called for more than 150 new security cameras, updates to panic alarms and "energized hardware' and badge access to 92 doors. Within the next two phases, the county will consolidate all public entrances to the first-floor lobby on the west side of the courthouse. Those who are not county employees will be required to walk through a metal detector there and remove items from their pockets.

Rock County Sheriff's Office Personnel will be stationed near the lobby door and security screening station. Much of the south side of the lobby will be opened up to accommodate a new sheriff's office station and screening equipment. Security for the station will be contracted out to an Iowa company for $216,033 over three years.

The funding for Phases 2 and 3 also includes parking lot repairs such as painting parking ramps white and installing LED lighting. 

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