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Mid-Michigan law enforcement looks at courthouse safety

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The tragic shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse has led many agencies across the nation to take a closer look at their security procedures to determine if something more needs to be done.

"It's difficult anytime that I hear of law enforcement being attacked," Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel said.

He said it's a tough time for police. Federspiel said Monday's fatal shooting of two bailiffs in southwest Michigan hits home.

"It's devastating to hear because this is a profession that is very close knit across the country, across the world actually," he said.

In light of the tragic shooting, Federspiel said his department is looking into ways his department can help to prevent an incident like that from happening in Saginaw.

"As with anything, we must learn from that and see if there are any protocols that we can employ here and share with other sheriff's offices across the state," he said.

Federspiel said the Saginaw County Courthouse already has a strong presence of deputies inside. As an added measure he said video arrangements may be used more frequently, but that decision is left up to each judge.

"Our judges are utilizing the video arraignment more frequently than not, instead of being transported to the courthouse and having a situation like that occur," Federspiel said.

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