Summit County Justice Center closed Thursday for emergency drills |

Summit County Justice Center closed Thursday for emergency drills

The Summit County Justice Center will be closed this Thursday for a combination of training and emergency drills. In addition to the facility the Summit County Combined Courts, along with the administrative, civil and records offices of the Sheriff’s Office will be closed throughout the day. Access to the jail will be available, but possibly delayed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Chief Judge provides the safety and security functions for the justice center and would provide the immediate first response to any emergency situation,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. “I am a strong advocate of training and emergency drills that provide a controlled environment where learning, sharing and actions are practiced. On a daily basis my court security deputies greet and screen all visitors to the justice center and the training and drills will enhance our preparedness and readiness.”

The Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Summit County Combined Courts will be participating in training for fire and medical emergencies, threat and violence emergencies, and general building safety, security and disaster recovery procedures. The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District and the State of Colorado Court Security Division will provide instruction throughout training, and there may be a heavy police, fire and EMS presence outside the building throughout the day.

“I am excited to see our court staff and judges, the Sheriff’s Office and Red, White and Blue Fire assembled and reviewing our emergency procedures,” added Chief Judge Mark Thompson. “It has been several years since we conducted a Justice Center drill and training involving these topics. Like the Sheriff, I take the safety, security and protection of our staff and the public very seriously, and exercises like this are important to being well prepared and ensuring the Justice Center is safe for everyone.”

If you need administrative services normally provided from the Sheriff’s Office at the Justice Center on Thursday, call the Sheriff’s Office main phone number at 970-453-2232.

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