Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra

There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom.
It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured that it would be at no cost to the county.
The surveillance system was made possible when the former District Representative Mario Urioste of the State House of Representatives for New Mexico secured a severance tax bond money for the 9th Judicial District Courts. A certain amount of money was allocated from the fund for the 9th Judicial District courts.
“We have metal detectors in Clovis, but we will be installing cameras in both courthouses and a more up-to-date surveillance system,” 9th Judicial District Financial Specialist, Jo Ann Montoya said. “The $25,000 that was set aside is for a package for the equipment and installation of both surveillance systems in Portales and Clovis.”
Mains completed the presentation part of it to Roosevelt County, now the implementation and training aspects will take place in the near future according to Montoya. The 9th Judicial Court is purchasing the surveillance equipment from Secure Now, which is a vendor for Defiore and Associates, which is based out of Aurora, Colo. The instillation will be done by a local company which serves the Curry and Roosevelt Counties, Connect-A-Phone.
“They (9th judicial district court) just wanted permission to be able to add the surveillance system,” Roosevelt County Charlene Hardin said. “They wanted to notify the commissioners of what was going to be going on, more than anything.”