Violence at Atlanta Courthouse Spurs Concerns in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Visitors to the Franklin County courthouse may simply walk in and out freely, unimpeded by security. There are no metal detectors to screen people for hidden weapons. And, there are multiple public entrances and exits at the...

"I think the smaller counties are counties that are less populated and have smaller departments. They're spread very thin," Yates said. "They're spread thin with budgets, they're spread thin with personnel and sometimes they're working with buildings that are much older."

In some cases security differs depending on the type of court involved. The Franklin County Family Court, for instance, has metal detectors.

Franklin County Sheriff Ted Collins said courthouse security is "top on the list" of his concerns. It's an area in which he's always trying to improve, Collins said.

Collins said he would like to see cameras and other monitoring systems installed. But funding is perhaps the main concern, Collins said.

"That's one of the things I've been most conscious about since I've been sheriff is the security of our building," Collins said. "It troubles me. I think about it, and I'm always trying to think of something we can do."