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Colonie town court gets security upgrades

Crummey said over the years, courtroom security has been very efficient between the use of security equipment and officers standing outside, and inside, the courtroom.

"We've always tried to be proactive as far as making sure we were on the cutting edge of security, just with the aging and technology. The fact that there haven't been weapons involved inside the courtroom, we're very fortunate to have," he said.

Julie Gansle, who has been the court clerk since 2000, said she has always has felt safe inside the Town of Colonie courtroom thanks to the metal-detecting equipment and the officers who man the machines and watch over the sessions.

"There is an added reassurance of having officers both at the door and in courtroom," she said.

Gansle said that the courtroom will welcome the new equipment because it is important to stay up-to-date with security.

Crummey said the new equipment will not only help discover more objects being carried on the persons who enter the courtroom, but it will also speed up the process of getting people through security.

"The $600 and change will be used to upgrade the capacities of the metal detectors with not only a brand-new walk-through, but also handheld wands, to keep the line moving, and if there's an issue with somebody, [officers] can do a handheld wand check. This will certainly provide security for everyone in the building."

Crummey said the Justice Court expects to have the new equipment in upcoming months.

Also coming to the court within this month is the addition of 15 new computers with flat-screen monitors, four printers and two multi-functioning printers and scanners that were paid for by the Third New York State Judicial Court System, which provides resources to the courts in the district.

Judge Crummey pointed out that the Town of Colonie Justice Court is the 29th busiest out of over 1,500 justice courts in the state of New York.""

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