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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: Oct. 20, 2005

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New York Task Force on Court Security Releases Report: Convened After Numerous Violent Courthouse Incidents in Other States, Panel Proposes 47 Measures to Enhance Security in New York’s Courts

NEW YORK - The Task Force on Court Security, convened by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman in March 2005 to conduct a top-to-bottom analysis of New York’s court security procedures after a series of violent incidents and threats against the judiciary erupted in courthouses across the nation, has released today its findings and recommendations. The Task Force surveyed every facet of safety planning, threat assessment and emergency response, collaborating with related agencies, including the New York State Emergency Management Office, New York State Sheriffs’ Association, New York State Association of Police Chiefs, New York City Department of Correction and New York City Office of Emergency Management. The comprehensive report contains 47 recommendations spanning four critical areas: speed and flexibility of emergency responses; deployment and training of uniformed personnel; strengthening public safety procedures; and the adequacy of the physical infrastructure of courthouses to protect against foreseeable risk. In the interest of public safety, several of the proposed measures have already begun to be implemented.

The report is available online at



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