AOC Launches Grant Program to Upgrade Courthouse Security

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has launched a one-time court security grant program to improve courtroom security and to provide safe and secure facilities. The past year has yielded at least two serious security breaches in Lewis and Coffee counties, one resulting in serious injuries to a deputy. Money has been made available by the General Assembly and Gov. Bill Haslam for this purpose. A committee of judges from across the state will determine the qualifications and criteria for grant awards. Preference will be given to counties with courtrooms that do not currently meet the present minimum courtroom security standards as well as counties that have experienced a courtroom security breach during the 12-month period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Grant applications will be accepted until Oct. 16.
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