Security recommendations not implemented at NCCo Courthouse

By Chris Carl 2:20pm, March 21, 2013 - Updated 2:46pm, March 21, 2013
In the wake of last month's double-fatal shooting at the New Castle County Courthouse, some are asking why recommendations to improve courthouse security weren't implemented.

The U.S. Marshals Service reviewed the Wilmington courthouse's security last year and made some recommendations, according to John Mordock with Delaware Law Weekly.

"Moving up the metal detectors closer to shorten the lobby, which as you know is where the shooting took place. Another recommendation we've learned was an increase in Capitol Police. We've heard as many as adding four Capitol Police to the New Castle County courthouse," Mordock tells WDEL.

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But Mordock says it's unclear why the recommendations weren't taken, because the report is confidential.

"There're things we don't know. We don't know how stringent was the report in making these recommendations. Did they strongly advocate it? Did they mention it? What were the reasons why they weren't acted upon? Was it budget reasons? Were there other reasons? Those are still out there, and those are things that we're working on to try to discover as we learn more about this Marshal's report," Mordock says.

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Mordock says he's been told that the design of the lobby has been a security concern since the courthouse opened in 2002.

To read Mordock's reporting on this story, click here.

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