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Criminal Courts Building

Deputy sheriffs assigned to the Courtroom Services Division are responsible for all aspects of court security, which includes inmate control and courtroom decorum as well as security at all courthouse entrances. When a person visits a court facility, regardless of the reason, they are required to go through a security entrance and submit to a search. Every year, arrests are made of individuals attempting to bring weapons, narcotics, controlled substances and other contraband into the courthouses. Securing inmates who are brought to court for trial may be the most important function that the courtroom deputy performs. Providing safety and security to the judges in the courtrooms is also a very high priority since the judge, as the imposer of penalties, is often the target of emotional and sometimes physical outbursts. In addition to these duties, deputy sheriffs must also maintain the decorum of the entire courtroom, including the people in the gallery, jurors, witnesses and attorneys.

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