Chief Justice and Attorney General Call for Enhanced Courthouse Security after Shooting

04/13/2018 - According to a News Advisory from the Supreme Court, following this week’s shooting in downtown Providence near the Garrahy Judicial Complex, and after a similar shooting outside the Complex in February, Chief Justice Suttell, the presiding justice of the Superior Court, the chief judges of the Family, District and Workers’ Compensation courts and the state court administrator met with Governor Raimondo, and asked for more Capitol Police and sheriffs. At the Judiciary’s recent budget hearing before the General Assembly, the state court administrator asked for more Capitol Police and sheriffs, recognizing that both divisions are part of the Executive Branch but integral to the courts’ day-to-day operations.

The Judiciary will continue the emergency overtime hiring of armed state and Providence police, begun in February, to patrol court hallways. As a further step, the Judiciary has gone out to bid for the hiring of armed private security officers to enhance perimeter patrols. Those proposals will be evaluated in the coming days.