Gatesville: County courthouse receives security upgrades

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Coryell County implemented new security protocols Monday at its historic courthouse in Gatesville.

Coryell County implemented new security protocols Monday at its historic courthouse in Gatesville. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

Access is now limited to the front entrance with security screening once inside.

There are also additional cameras and security guards around the building.

The upgrades stem from the enactment of Texas Senate Bill 42, which made changes to several laws to increase security of court facilities and officials.

It was introduced after State District Judge Julie Kocurek was almost assassinated outside of her home in 2015.

Coryell County Sheriff Scott Williams says that while the county hasn't seen any violence in the courthouse, it's imperative protect those who work and have business there.

"The first step in our use to force continuum is command presence," he said.

"With a dozen or so deputies there, in full uniform and ready to go, it kind of reduces any kind of problems."

Williams says the office will look to implement more safety measures in the future.