Video Surveillance

Video cameras are typically used in prisoner holding areas to monitor prisoners and prisoner movement. They also are used to observe entrances to the building, particularly receiving docks and service entrances that may not have a permanent security presence, to monitor public and private corridors and access to sensitive areas, as well as to monitor courtrooms. Security cameras should be placed in the following locations:

  • Natural approaches to the courthouse.
  • Opening side of entrance doors at controlled entrances. Obtain a profile picture of individuals entering the building. View area immediately around the door.
  • Entrance to the judges/officials parking garage. Cameras should be installed so as to observe the judges’/officials’ automobiles and the walkways to the elevator/entrance. The size of the parking garage and walking distances will determine the number of cameras required.
  • Interior side of all emergency exit doors. When the door is opened, the alarm should sound at the command and control center monitoring console. Switcher should bring up the camera to a large central monitor.
  • Inside all courtrooms. Three cameras, one each to observe the front portion of courtroom, the spectators, and the main entrance door. Cameras should be monitored in the security command and control center.
  • Hallways of public waiting areas of the juvenile and domestic relations courts. Hallway cameras may be used anywhere a credible threat exists.

Other areas that should be monitored include:

  • Lobby
  • Entrance screening stations
  • All public counters and cashier stations
  • The receiving dock and service entrance
  • Prisoner holding cells
  • Prisoner circulation corridors and elevators
  • Courtroom holding areas and cells
  • Vehicular sally port