By The Associated Press
STARKVILLE— Oktibbeha County hopes to use a federal grant to help fund the installation of extra surveillance cameras at the courthouse annex.
Officials tell the Starkville Daily News that the money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would cover camera purchases, their installation and the required hardware, software and networking for surveillance.
Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett says the courthouse currently has metal detectors at its main entrance and bailiffs check purses and bags that come into the building.
When court is in session, Garnett says at least two bailiffs monitor each courtroom, while another deputy is on hand at all times.
County Administrator Don Posey said in the future, the county could acquire keypad access technology for high security areas like judges’ chambers.