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Associated Press, Published April 28 2013

North Dakota's Dunn County looking at courthouse security

MANNING, N.D. — Dunn County is looking to improve security measures at its sheriff's office and eventually its courthouse in western North Dakota.

The Dickinson Press reports that the County Commission has granted a request to put security cameras in the sheriff's office. Deputy Sheriff Glen Gietzen says the cameras are estimated to cost about $12,000.

Gietzen also suggests that the commission consider outfitting the entire courthouse with a security system. He says the Dunn County Courthouse is the only courthouse he's ever been in that doesn't have security cameras.

Commissioner Reinhardt Hauck has suggested that the commission look for additional funds to allow more security features to be installed.

The Center of Judicial and Executive Security reports that violent incidents at state courthouses have increased each decade since the 1970s.