Adams County Supervisor Scott Thomsen recalls being in the courthouse several years ago for a meeting when he saw a mother and her young children in the hallway. Instantly, it raised a red flag with him.
“I saw that mother with her kids out there that day and I thought what if something would happen (to them). I would have felt just terrible,” Thomsen, now in his sixth year on the County Board, says today.
That thought, along with mounting security concerns raised by judges and attorneys both before and after Thomsen became a supervisor, has resulted in Adams County taking some aggressive steps to improve security in and around the courthouse.
On January 1, the county closed two secondary public entrances into the courthouse and added two security guards, a conveyor-style x-ray machine similar to those used in airports, and a walk-through metal detector at the main entrance. Every member of the public must now pass through the security checkpoint.
Thomsen says since the changes were implemented, statistical reports prepared each month by the private security company the county contracts with have been eye-opening.