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Court Security Unit

A diagram of the courtroom locations that deputies serveThe 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. To the right is a diagram of the courtrooms deputies service. For addresses and directions to the Lake County Courtrooms click here.

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.

Please see the Lake County Courthouse Security Brief for Employees and Visitors below.

Lake County Courthouse Security Brief
ATTENTION
Visitors and Employees

According to the National institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), justice, professional and public establishments are at high-risk for workplace violence. They claim, "Employees in these high-risk establishments and occupations need to be aware of the risk for homicide and take steps to ensure a safe workplace." In an effort to make the facility safer for all county employees and visitors, the Sheriff's Office will secure all entrances to the building.

For the safety and well-being of every employee and visitor to the facility, every person who enters the building will be screened through the magnetometers and items x-rayed. This process is no different than that of passing through airport security and will not pose significant delays in entering Lake County Court and Administration facilities. However, in an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, please review the list of items that will not be permitted into the facility. The Sheriff's Office realizes that the implementation of magnetometers and x-ray units may cause some delay in entering the building, but by being prepared for the change, you can help ease the process.

The prohibited items listed are not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the prohibited items list is prohibited. In addition, the screener may also determine that an item is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint.

Concealed Carry License holders are strictly prohibited from entering any of the Lake County Court and Administration facilities.

Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.

Each week, an average of twenty people are murdered and 18,000 are assaulted while working or on duty in the United States (NIOSH, 1996).
A study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that 1 in every 6 violent crimes occurs at work.

The following items WILL NOT be allowed in the Lake County Court Complex and the Lake County Administrative Building:

Knives

Other Objects

Pocketknives (any size)

Screwdrivers

Metal kitchen knives

Scissors (any type)

Razor knives

Pliers (any type)

Safety razors

Wrenches (any type)

Box cutters

Wire cutters

Carpenter knives

Metal kitchen forks

Coupon razor cutters

Metal kitchen spoons

Pen knives

Laser pointers

Razor blades (any type)

Metal fingernail files

Switchblades

Screws (any type)

Or any spring activated knives

Nails (any type)

 

Letter openers

 

Can openers (church key)

Sprays (Pressurized)

Knitting needles

Glass hair and body sprays

Flashlights (not to exceed 6 inches)

Mace sprays

Plastic comb picks

Pepper sprays

Metal comb picks

Or any pressurized container that is flammable (any size)

 

Locks (any size)

 

Key Type

Glass Objects

Combination Type

Glass bottle drinks

 

Glass containers over 3 ounces

Weapons

Electronics

Firearms (any type *)

Cameras, video tape recorders and cell phones are prohibited from use in the courtrooms unless expressly waived by the trial court.

Ammunition (any type *)

Handcuff keys (any type *)

Fireworks (explosives)

Or any contraband item

* The only exception to the above is for Sworn police officers here on official duties.

The prohibited items listed are not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the prohibited items list is prohibited. In addition, the screener may also determine that an item is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint.

For more information please contact:
Lake County Sheriff's Office Court Security
Phone: 847.377.4911

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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