The Office of Judicial Security develops and supports initiatives to help make court facilities in Pennsylvania safe places for judges, court personnel, litigants, jurors, witnesses, victims of crime, and members of the public. Those initiatives include an electronic incident reporting system; court security manual and related resources; annual workshops and training for local court security committees; and funds to reimburse counties for the purchase of courthouse security equipment such as duress alarms, access control systems, magnetometers, package screening devices, and security cameras.
In addition, the Office provided video conferencing systems to magisterial and common pleas judges (courts) to enable them to conduct preliminary arraignments and other authorized proceedings via this technology. Use of this technology has reduced the need to transport certain incarcerated defendants to court, thereby reducing the risk of assault and other violent situations from occurring in transit and in court, and reducing the costs incurred by counties for such transports. Access to Judicial Security protected view.