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Crawford County Judicial Center seeks to improve alarm system

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The Crawford County Judicial Center in Pittsburg has seen an influx of people since renovations began at the Girard center...which could mean some problems if aging security systems begin to fail.
"If you're looking at 2 or 3 different whether it's a panic alarm or one of our antenna's that we need to transmit that signal, that could be down for several days, if not months." says Crawford County Sheriff, Dan Peak.
Which is why they approached county commissioners about upgrading the panic system.
"It's essentially a radio system. When a button is pushed by whoever is in distress, or needs assistance, that alarm then goes to a radio center that our court security officers have." Sheriff Peak says.
Here's how it works...each transmitter is assigned to a specific area in the center. The transmitters are small, and are hard to notice. Once the judge pushes this button, it sends a message to court security officers, and they receive information that there is someone in distress in a courtroom. These transmitters are also placed outside the courtroom, in different sectors of the building.
"I have used it in the past. I have. And they were there. They're there if we call them in the office, and they're there if we have hit the button anywhere, so it's very important to have that and have that available to my officers." Tresa Noyes, a court service officer explains.
Noyes has seen everything from severe fights to medical emergencies take place in the judicial center, and takes the importance of safety seriously.
"With my profession, you never know what's going to happen in a day, and to know that pushing a button that i can have security there in a heartbeat to help us diffuse a bad situation, is a great relief." she says.
The future of the new panic system plans to be discussed at the next commissioners meeting on Tuesday, March 25th.
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