Harris County Bailiffs Getting New Radios

Just how safe is the Harris County Courthouse? Sheriff Adrian Garcia says until now, people inside have been in more danger than they may have realized. Garcia says that is about to change.

You might find it hard to believe, but for some time, bailiffs in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center have had no way to talk to other law enforcement officers.

District Attorney Pat Lykos explains.

"We had the absurd situation that if something was occurring in the courtroom, the bailiffs were told to call 911."

Sheriff Adrian Garcia says before, his officers’ two-way radios didn’t work in the building, due to the way it was built.  That wasn’t a big issue because they also didn’t have the money to buy radios for bailiffs.

"Judges, the members of the jury, the members of the community , our deputies have all been in harms way for far too long."

She knows well that there’s dangerous people being tried right here every single day and their level of danger hasn’t diminished just because they are on trial.

"All that is changing thanks to money that’s been confiscated from drug dealers. The money is paying for new radio equipment and a repeater system that’s being put into the building to allow the radios to work."

DA Lykos:

"This should be the safest place in the world should be the courthouse. Citizens should never be put in danger here, nor anyone who works here, nor any defendant for that matter."

Lykos says the best part about the new radio system is the criminals are paying for it and it isn’t costing the tax payer one cent.