BOONE, Iowa—Wednesday, the Boone County Supervisors and the department heads participated in an exercise about courthouse security. The result of the session will mean changes for not only county and state personnel, but Boone County residents visiting the courthouse. Boone County Auditor Philippe Meier today, released an announcement that said “the Boone County Supervisors in consultation with Boone County departmental heads have decided to restrict entrance and non-emergency exit to the east door of the courthouse which will be unlocked at 7:55 AM each day. The other doors to the courthouse will remain locked at all times.” The new policy will begin Tuesday, September 3rd.
The announcement concluded saying that it “has been a very difficult decision for county officials. We have weighed the inconvenience to citizens and public safety issues and we have determined this to be a balanced approach to both.”
Attention to courthouse security drew attention following an incident that occurred between two individuals involving a knife. There have been other incidents that have brought law enforcement to the courthouse to deal with a disgruntled citizen. Courthouse personnel have taken ALICE training, which is a process for dealing with violent intruders. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.