Police alliance hired for courthouse security
The Harrison County Council Monday night officially agreed to provide funding for the hiring of Alliance Security, a company started by the Indiana State Police Alliance, for permanent security of the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon.
The cost for the rest of the year will be $36,000. It was unanimously approved.
Commissioner Kenny Saulman said Circuit Court Judge John T. Evans, as well as the other offices in the building, including the clerk, is OK with the security plan.
The council and commissioners came up with a plan earlier this year for temporary security using Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. corrections officers; however, that funding runs out at the end of the week.
The council approved the funding as an emergency (two weeks before normal budget process) so the commissioners could sign the contract with the security group.
The police alliance, consisting of retired and active state police troopers, has been providing security for the North Harrison Community School Corp. following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.
Some of Alliance’s other clients include Weaver Popcorn in VanBuren, Cook Medical Group in Bloomington, Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis, Jefferson Pointe Mall in Fort Wayne, Jefferson Plaza in Madison, O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, PGA Tour office in Newburgh and the NCAA office in Indianapolis.
Saulman said the retired officers would not have arrest powers but would carry a gun. The group will be able to begin providing security next week, he said.
In other business, the council approved the following out of riverboat gaming funds: $670,000 for the New Salisbury sanitary sewer project; $30,000 for autopsies and toxicology reports for the coroner; and $20,000 for water heater replacement at the Justice Center.
Council Chair Gary Davis said the coroner’s office orders significantly more autopsies than counties of like size in the state.
‘The sheriff said he’s requiring more autopsies,’ Davis said.
The council also approved $8,000 out of the county general fund for contractual services with Wagner, Irwin and Sheely for more work on job descriptions.
Each department head will now have to review job descriptions on a yearly basis after the council asked Auditor Karen Engleman to write a letter advising each department head to do so. The department head would have to ask the council before any changes could be made regarding job descriptions.
The council’s next meeting will be Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.