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Dougherty Co. officials: Courthouse security must always be ready


Dougherty County officials say the Friday shooting at the Forsyth County Courthouse is a reminder why they have the security measures in place at the judicial center and the jail.

Colonel Mark Shirley says law enforcers revise and review court house security annually. Over time they've limited entrances to the courthouse so that traffic flows just through the front. He says they try and account for every possible scenario, but the shooting in Forsyth was unique.

"We are comfortable with the security measures that we have in place, but when you have that situation, its unexpected and you hope we rise to the occasion such as what happened in Forsyth County," said Col. Shirley.

More than 500,000 people travel in and out of the courthouse each year. They use x-ray machines and have a "walk through" metal detector.

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