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September 10, 2013

COURTHOUSE: No entry for Claremore Police

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CLAREMORE —

Commissioner Dan DeLozier asked Sappington if it was the sheriff’s responsibility to provide courthouse security by the order of Oklahoma State Statutes. Sappington responded “yes.”
DeLozier made a motion to allow the sheriff’s office to control key card access into the building, but the motion died due to lack of a second.
The Claremore Fire Department has access to key cards in case of a fire including master key, according to Emergency Management Director Scott Stokes. 
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also has access to the building, according to Human Resources Directory Jenny Bentley.
Although no card access has been granted to CPD, Chief Stan Brown issued the following statement to the Claremore Daily Progress.
“I would emphatically state to all. The Claremore Police Department stands by our mission to insure the safety and security in and for all the City of Claremore. This includes our full support of the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office 24 hours per day, seven days per week; and particularly its members assigned to the courthouse security detail. We are available to respond to any request by the Sheriff’s Office to that facility at any time of the day or night. It is true the lack of key card access would hamper our ability to quickly respond inside the building after business hours.  I encourage the County Commissioners to work with the Sheriff’s Office to insure that a viable response protocol is established so that we can jointly maximize our efforts to promote safety and security for the patrons of the building and the facility itself.”
After the brief discussion, Thacker asked staff to check into the issue with the cleaning crew and make sure county policy is being followed.
Thacker explained the issue of an employee, state or county, giving someone access to the building is a problem, which should be dealt with accordingly.
The commissioners would be held responsible if an emergency occurs and assisting agencies were not able to get access to the building, according to Thacker.

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