Based on an increasing number of tragic incidents in courthouses around the nation in recent years, the concern of the judiciary regarding court security and emergency preparedness has resulted in security becoming a specialized priority for the National Center for State Courts. NCSC has assumed a central role nationally in promoting court security and emergency preparedness and provides advanced consulting and training services in this area. As the leading national expert on state court security and emergency preparedness, NCSC has performed more than 300 courthouse security and facility assessments in the majority of states and US territories. Security projects can, and often do, require a comprehensive set of expertise and no two security situations are exactly the same. To meet this need, NCSC utilizes a team of security consultants with varying backgrounds including law enforcement, military, emergency preparedness, architecture, and court administration.