Dunn County now is looking to increase its security measures with recent public tragedies around the country.
By BRYCE MARTIN
Posted May 3, 2013
MANNING — Dunn County now is looking to increase its security measures with recent public tragedies around the country.
Sgt. Kenny Larocque of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department brought the idea of courthouse security camera installation to Dunn County commissioners following Sheriff Don Rockvoy’s resignation.
“I worked up in Rolette County for quite a few years and the courthouse had a camera system,” Larocque said. “The sheriff’s office had a camera system.”
When he started work for Dunn County he was surprised the county had no cameras, Larocque said. He said he told former deputy Ron Krivoruchka there were no cameras monitoring the department, asking if he believed it was a liability.
“That’s as far as it went,” he said. “Well Ron’s gone and Don’s gone.”
Larocque said he did not know why Krivoruchka and Rockvoy didn’t find it necessary to install security cameras.
“I don’t believe it was a money issue – this county has got funds for things like that,” he said. “I don’t know what Don and Ron’s reasoning was. I don’t even want to comment on that because I might say something that will spark bad feelings because of the reason Ron is no longer here and Don resigned. Maybe they felt that it wasn’t important back then.”
Larocque presented the commissioners with an estimate for cameras to install in the sheriff’s office and the courthouse. The commissioners approved the measure.
While the courthouse will install the own security cameras, using a grant for such a project, Larocque currently waits for an estimate on the expense of outfitting the sheriff’s office with the cameras.
“It’s not if there’s another shooter … it’s when. I hate to say it, but it’s going to happen,” he said.
The main purpose for the enhanced security, while it also acts as a monitor of employee’s activity, it also greatly helps secure the area.
“Which county was it that a guy went in with a gun into court and he was going to shoot the prosecutor? And with all the out-of-staters coming into the county for work in the oil fields, we never know,” Larocque said. “I would rather have it in place and not need it, than need it and not have it.
“I’m just looking out for the safety of the community.”
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