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You are the person in charge of security for a high-risk/high-profile trial (it involves the abduction, rape, and murder of a young girl). The case has obviously generated an enormous amount of public interest and media attention. The news media is clamoring for photographs and interviews with the victim's family, the defendant, and the attorneys. The Judge is concerned about a mistrial and has ordered the parties involved not to discuss the case outside the courtroom. The judge has banned cameras and recording devices in the courtroom.

The case is emotionally charged and the victim's family is vehement in seeking revenge!

You are to develop a Court Security Plan for the high-risk/high profile trial scenario presented above. Your assessment document must cover, at a minimum, the following

1.The number of deputies and/or court officers needed to adequately staff the courthouse, inside and out, during the high-risk/high-profile trial with the parameters described in this unit, above.

2.The placement and specific duties of each of the deputies/court officers before, during, and after the trial.

3. How you, as the security manager for the courthouse, handle the gathering media and their zeal to get film footage, pictures, and interviews while maintain the dignity of the Court and honoring the trial judge's order?

4.What precautions will have to be taken in insure a safe and secure courtroom with respect to each of the following:

? The defendant
?The victim's family
?The defendant's family
?The news media
?The prosecution

5.What specials considerations will be necessary to provide for the following:

?Medical needs or emergencies
?Feeding of jurors and staff
?Housing
?Transportation
? Recesses

6.Identify any other concerns that should be addressed (i.e. evidence and movement of defendants and others within the courtroom).

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Hello. Thank you for choosing me as your OTA. As you are probably aware, I cannot actually write the paper for you. However, I will provide you with as much detail as possible so that you can write the paper and provide your references, title page, etc.

You are to develop a Court Security Plan for the high-risk/high profile trial scenario presented above. Your assessment document must cover, at a minimum, the following

1.The number of deputies and/or court officers needed to adequately staff the courthouse, inside and out, during the high-risk/high-profile trial with the parameters described in this unit, above.

The number of Deputies and/or court officers needed inside the courtroom would probably include:
2-At the entry of every doorway
1-Next to the Judge's bench
1-Next to the Defendant
1-Next to the victim's family
1-Next to any court reporter/clerk in the courtroom
1-Next to the prosecuting attorney
1-Next to the Defendant's family

The number of Deputies and/or court officers outside of the courtroom would include:
1-Next to the holding cell for the Defendant
2-Near the media tent/room that is set up
1-Near the prosecuting attorney's office if it is located inside the courthouse (most are in the courthouse complex)
2-Near the metal detectors
5-Outside the immediate courthouse doors, two on each side and one near the steps of the courthouse to ensure safety for all parties involved

2.The placement and specific duties of each of the deputies/court officers before, during, and after the trial.

I would have the placement of the Deputies/Court Officers as indicated in #1.

In terms of specific duties, each Deputy would simply be required to maintain their duty station. Furthermore, they would be required to ensure that the media and/or opposing party's do not contact or speak to each other during the trial or in the courthouse.

3. How you, as the security manager for the courthouse, handle the gathering media and their zeal to get film footage, pictures, and interviews while maintain the dignity of the Court and honoring the trial judge's order?

In order to ensure that the Judge's Order is followed, I would work closely with the security manager to ensure that there is proper metal detectors and other items which would prohibit anyone from being camcorders, cameras, or phones into the courthouse. If an individual brought any of the above into the actual courthouse doors, they would immediately be confiscated. Outside of the courthouse, you would have no control as to what pictures and/or videos were taken. I would set up a media area outside of the courthouse, for the media to ...

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