Courthouse Security 10 Feb 12

Security at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar will be beefed up in the next month with additional cameras throughout the building and an armed deputy located at the main door.

The County Board of Commissioners agreed this week to allocate $16,000 to the project, with $4,000 coming from forfeiture money generated from criminal activities. The remaining funds will come from the building fund.

Sheriff Dan Hartog said the current security system at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse, which includes metal detectors and an unarmed corrections officer at the door to inspect bags and briefcases, is better than some in the state but said changes are needed to increase safety.

County Administrator Larry Kleindl said the improvements were in the works before the shooting in December of two people, including the Cook County Attorney, at the courthouse in Grand Marais.