The courthouse security system will be getting an upgrade.
Sheriff Mike Morris went before the Knox County Council last night to request $40,000 to upgrade the courthouse’s emergency system. Morris said the system was defunct and, when tested, half of the emergency buttons didn’t work. A recent situation in the courtroom where someone had to be tazed was used as an example. The upgrade Morris proposed would upgrade the system from an analog, two step system to a digital, one step system. With the new system, when one of the emergency buttons located under a desk was pressed, deputies onsite would be notified immediately as well as dispatch and other areas.
The $40,000 would cover the installation and equipment for the courthouse, probation, and annex areas.
Although, the upgrade technically didn’t need the council’s approval, Morris said he felt better letting them know about it. The council unanimously approved the request.