After the Windham County Sheriff’s Office and the two county courthouses could not reach an agreement on security coverage of court proceedings, a national firm has entered a contract to take over security. Securitas USA has signed a 22-month contract with the Brattleboro and Newfane courthouses that will exchange their security services for roughly $620,000.
The Brattleboro Reformer says that six security firms were contacted to provide courthouse security, but Securitas was the only one to submit a formal bid. The search for a new security provider came after the Windham County Sheriff’s Office requested a higher pay increase for the security detail, as they had reportedly been losing money as part of the previous contract.
Sheriff Keith Clark told the paper that they would have needed to see a 10 to 12 percent increase and were only offered a 3 percent raise, thus causing them to not renew the contract.
The State of Vermont’s Judicial Branch maintained a contingency plan that would be enacted in cases such as this so that the courtrooms can receive the security they need.