Attorney Pushes for Security at County Courthouse

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By Aaron Hepker

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An attorney in northwest Iowa wants to install bulletproof office windows and other safety measures at the Woodbury County Courthouse.

Attorney P.J. Jennings says he wants to add safety measures like door guards and electronic locks to the third and fourth floor offices where prosecutors work. He says the confrontational nature of some cases can upset the public and cause trouble.

The Sioux City Journal reports the County Board on Tuesday cut Jennings' $75,000 request from his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, arguing security improvements are needed throughout the courthouse. One board member says one plan would be to add metal detectors for people entering the building.

Jennings says he doesn't want the issue to languish while the board researches the best option.

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