NSA's Center for Public Safety

Public Safety

Institute for Court Security

The Institute for Court Security offers specialized training in court and judicial security operations. The following programs are offered:

Court Security Certificate Program

NSA offers this certification in five levels (from Basic to a Masters of Court Security). With the increased pressure in the courts to provide security for your judges and all who pass through your courthouse doors, your staff needs to be well trained. NSA is happy to provide this training. Click here for more information.


NSA Court Security Training

NSA has long provided education for maintaining courthouse security and guarding the courthouse workgroup, citizens and users of the judicial system.  This training will provide an introduction to contemporary concepts and law enforcement strategies related to courthouse and courtroom security.  Topics include:

  • Understanding the need for vulnerability assessments
  • Knowing current courtroom security standards of practice
  • Knowing the strategies of defendant management 
  • Understanding the need for professional awareness 
  • Elements of judicial threat management
  • Understanding the basic need for advance planning for emergency events 
  • Understanding the basic dynamics and operations needed in planning high profile cases

This one or two-day training can be hosted by any agency.  All you need to do is provide the facility, NSA provides the rest.  A minimum of 25 attendees is required to hold the training for the cost of only $235 per person.  A flat fee of $5,900 is charged for classes of less than 25.

Training Schedule

Dover, DE: October 29-30, 2015
Hosted by Delaware Judiciary

Ann Arbor, MI: October 26-27, 2015
Hosted by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office



Court Security Assessments

The security of a courthouse is based on a balance between four essential components: involvement of all stakeholders, security personnel, technological devices, and the configuration of the facility itself.  Absence of any one of these components affects the security of the facility.  The purpose of a Court Security Assessment is to recognize and develop promising practices of accountability and safety.  NSA's process of evaluating operations includes:
  • Identification of current staffing and practices
  • Conducting a basic physical audit including holding facilities
  • Interviewing pertinent personnel, judges and additional court users
  • Disseminating the information in a practical, easy to adopt format
  • Preparing a written report
To receive a Court Security Assessment proposal or host a Court Security Training, please contact:
Hilary Burgess
(800) 424-7827 x320

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