- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is considering outsourcing security at the county courthouse to a private firm.

The sheriff’s office is analyzing the cost-effectiveness of outsourcing, according to the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2gEeUgM ). County commissioners on Monday approved a request from the sheriff’s office to begin the bidding process for hiring armed security services at the courthouse, where the law enforcement agency already provides security.

The firm would likely take over the security for the courthouse’s three entrances, which are currently watched over by noncertified and unarmed security officers, according to Sheriff Vic Regalado.

Outside security may also be considered for escorting inmates to and from the Oklahoma State University Medical Center for treatment. That task is normally conducted by deputies.

Regalado said the possible change is primarily a funding issue. The agency spends $26,000 per month on courthouse security.

“Right now it’s in the beginning stages of seeing whether or not it would be cost-effective to do so and would it be worth the trouble,” Regalado said. “It’s in its infancy, but we certainly want to explore it.”

He said deputies would not be replaced, but rather redirected to other areas in which they’re needed.

The sheriff’s office will review the applicants, choosing the firm that offers the highest-quality services at the most cost-effective rate.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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