A Hastings attorney says the Adams County Courthouse needs more security to improve the safety and peace of mind of county employees and citizens.
Mike Mead, an attorney with Whelan and Scherr of Hastings, told the Adams County Board of Supervisors Thursday that security is increasingly vital in helping the county to prevent, rather than react to, emergency situations at the courthouse, 500 W. Fourth St.
"In light of the recent events in our country, we need to re-evaluate the precautions we take," said Mead, who is a former deputy county attorney and conducts regular business at the courthouse. "When one is in this building, there are a number of people out and around at all times and we don't know who they are or if they are armed."
Currently, the courthouse is outfitted with video monitors, and employees have access to a paging system that can be used to call law enforcement if an unsafe incident arises. However, Mead said that both systems could only respond to, not prevent, an emergency.