Courthouse Security UPDATE

 

By:     The Honorable Kathleen G. Cox, Administrative Judge of the
                  Circuit Court  For Baltimore County
            R. Jay Fisher, Sheriff for Baltimore County
            Scott D. Shellenberger, State’s Attorney for Baltimore 

In the beginning of October, the Bosley Avenue entrance to the Baltimore County Courts Building will be closed permanently.  Once we have a firm date, we will notify you.  This is being done to enhance security.  Security experts all agree that buildings with one entrance are more secure than those with multiple entrances.  In addition, having an entrance that is so accessible to a busy street is also a risk. Bosley Avenue will still be used for deliveries, but they will have to be let in by a sheriff after ringing a bell.

The fountain entrance will be upgraded with additional metal detectors and employee swipe stations.  There will also be additional monitors placed against the back wall to assist people in finding out where their case is being held.  Attorneys with proper identification will still be able to enter once they show their ID to the sheriffs.

Handicapped parking will be added on Pennsylvania Avenue and the walkway from Pennsylvania Avenue to the front door is going to be upgraded.  We are exploring ways of making the Bosley Avenue cutout short-term metered parking for the quick filing of court papers.

The ultimate goal of all of this is to get more sheriffs in the courtrooms, which will enhance safety for all who utilize the Baltimore County Courts Building.