The responsibilities of the Court Security Officers assigned to the Court Security Unit include protecting judges, safe-guarding juries, maintaining decorum in the courtrooms and executing all lawful orders and instructions of the court. In conjunction with Court Security, U.S. Securities, a private security firm, provides entrance security screening.
Sheriff Mark Curran initiated a cost-saving reorganization of the Court Security Unit. The unit formerly consisted of only full-time deputies. Today, 30 full-time Court Security Officers and 50 part-time Court Security Officers are members of the Court Security Unit, allowing the Office to re-allocate full-time deputies to patrol. The savings for a part-time employee, (including salary and elimination of benefits) is roughly $23,000 per deputy per year.
A well-trained Court Security CERT Team, comprised of Sheriff's Deputies are available for emergency response including high-profile defendants, medical emergencies and arrests.
Please see the 19th Judicial Court site for directions to any of the court locations and call 847-377-4911 to contact Court Security for any further questions or concerns.