Nashville, TN (2018-11-08) State Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) has announced that Scott County will receive $17,643 in grant funding through the Administrative Office of The Courts (AOC) Court Security Grant Program for security upgrades at the local justice center.
The funding will be used for a bullet proof bench for the judiciary and a bullet proof security checkpoint near the entrance to the Scott County Justice Center, as well as hand-held metal detectors for court officers. The intent of the competitive grant is to bring dozens of communities across Tennessee — including Scott County — up to minimum safety standards, while supplying measures that will inevitably enhance security for years to come.
“I am grateful that our community was selected to receive this vital funding through an extremely competitive process,” said Representative Keisling. “The monies will address safety concerns for residents who utilize our facility; they will also create an environment that will allow members of our local judicial system to focus on their important tasks instead of worrying about their well-being,” he added.
The AOC launched the one-time court security grant program in August of last year, after receiving $2 million in one-time funding from the Tennessee General Assembly to improve court security across Tennessee. The legislative action was due in part because of two serious security breaches in Lewis and Coffee counties in 2017; one resulting in serious injuries to a deputy.