Protecting Courts in Texas

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas recently held its first training to help certify court security specialists who protect courtrooms and courthouses as well as high security or high profile trials.

The three-day course, which is required biennially for court security specialists, is designed to introduce participants to court security and the functions of bailiffs, provide basic hands-on experience in the screening process, and raise awareness about explosives and courtroom security technology. In addition to classroom instructions at LEMIT, court security specialists had to pass a tactical and weapons test at another facility to receive their certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

The course was taught by Constable Randy Davis of Tom Green County Precinct 4. He has more than 24 years of experience in court security operations at both the federal and state levels and helped write the curriculum for the TCOLE course. Constable Davis holds a Master Peace Officer and Instructors Certificate with TCOLE and is a graduate of LEMIT’s Texas Constables Leadership College.

This is one of a series of new courses offered by LEMIT to enhance training for Texas law enforcement professionals. Among the other offerings are the New Supervisor’s Course on Sept. 14-17; a Property and Evidence Management Course on Sept. 21; Reset the Clock: Replacing Liability with Credibility on Sept. 23-24, Cultural Perspectives for Law Enforcement on Sept. 30; and Individual and Group Crisis Intervention on Dec. 2-4.

For more information on LEMIT’s new offerings, visit http://www.lemitonline.org/programs/special/.

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