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Vilas Co. Courthouse to make security changesSubmitted: 03/05/2015

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VILAS COUNTY - Visitors to one Northwoods courthouse may notice some changes in security.

The Vilas County Courthouse will put in place new security measures starting March 16.

The biggest change the public will notice is that only one entrance will now be open to the public.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says events across the United States during the last 10 to 15 years have led him and others on the Courthouse Security Committee to make the changes.

"We have seen in rural communities where dangerous things have happened in courthouses, so we've looked at all those studies," Fath said. "We've been watching some of the changes, and we've talked about making our courthouse more secure for many, many years."

Visitors will likely notice more sheriff's deputies in the courthouse as well. The sheriff's office is trying to figure out a way to do that without adding more staff.

There could be more security changes in the future.

"There's a move to install cameras and have some type of a command and control to monitor some of those cameras in the courthouse so that we can see if something is about to happen," Fath said.

Visitors might eventually need to go through a security screening at the public entrance.

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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