GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Courthouse is getting new security systems to keep employees and visitors safe.
According to the Chief Court Security Officer Robert Case, every year Arkansas puts out a court security and emergency preparedness grant.
Case said this year Greene County received $11,900 from this grant to upgrade security in the courthouse.
The county used this money to purchase new high tech security cameras.
"They are better video quality and also have the ability to pan and zoom and that way we have the ability to see the blank spots that the camera wouldn't normally get sitting stationary," Case said.
The grant money also allowed the county to get the U-Lockit system that many schools in the region have purchased as well.
Case said the U-Lockit system will help if there is ever a lockdown for an active shooter situation.
"In an active shooter situation people are directed to leave the building but if it is not safe for them to leave the building they lock themselves down," Case said.
The county also got new first aid kits that can help in a mass causality situations and emergency lighting.
Case said it is important to be proactive about safety especially after tragic incidents like the recent mass shooting.
"With the nature of how things are going on in the country with shooter events in particular we are upgrading to be proactive against that, it would be a shame to look back and say what could we have done," Case said.
Contractors will start installing the new security equipment next week and Case said everything should be completed in 30 days.
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