New security cameras installed at courthouse


By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Bryan County Maintenance Supervisor Billy Olenick installs surveillance cameras at the courthouse with help from Blane Lynn who is doing legal community service. Here they are on the roof of the courthouse.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

The view from the Bryan County Courthouse roof looking southeast toward 3rd street in downtown Durant. This could be a view from the surveillance camera installed on the southwest corner of the building.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

The Bryan County Courthouse is a 20th century building with 21st century technology as officials install state of the art surveillance cameras.

Billy Olenick, Maintenance Supervisor installed new 360 degree remote controlled cameras on the roof, near the edge, to get a better panorama of the area.

The cameras being installed have servo motors that can be panned around to see virtually any area around it.

This increases security at the courthouse immensely because of the wider view and ability to zoom in on a subject to get a closer look.

Olenick said, “This camera is like two cameras in one. One lens shoots down with a wide area. If Chad sees something going on, he can home in on it.”

Chad Hendrix is Head of Security who will see the other end of the cameras as he keeps vigilant on video security.

Bryan County Commissioner District 1 Ron Boyer said, “Security is a continuous process we are working on. We have seven more cameras we will install. They will either be replacement cameras or additions to the system.”

He said they will be upgrading all of the county buildings, each with what that particular building needs.

Boyer said about this new camera upgrade, “We now get a lot better coverage and with these being steerable, it is a much better camera.”

Two of these 360 degree cameras were installed Wednesday.

One is view-able from the street on the south side of the courthouse.

It’s on the top left, southwest side of the building if you are facing the Election Board entrance from Evergreen street.

The other camera was installed on the northeast side of the building to give a better view of the alleyway.

Boyer said he’s really happy with the new cameras they are able to add to Bryan County building security.

He said he plans on making the Courthouse Annex more secure. He’s planning to add cameras to that building also. He said, “We aren’t putting these outside so much as inside, in case something goes south. “

When it comes to crime prevention, being able to see what is going on is very important, according to authorities.

This process is just one step in many that will occur to upgrade the 100 year old building and aging buildings the county owns and maintains.

Boyer said, “We just put smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide testers in all the county buildings.

We are going to seal the jail with the same product we have on the annex roof. We will actually wrap it so it will completely seal. We are getting real serious about fixing the first floor up by painting and new lighting.”

He said he’s really looking forward to the centennial of the Bryan County Courthouse this summer.

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Bryan County Maintenance Supervisor Billy Olenick installs surveillance cameras at the courthouse with help from Blane Lynn who is doing legal community service. Here they are on the roof of the courthouse.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_0024Camera1.jpgBryan County Maintenance Supervisor Billy Olenick installs surveillance cameras at the courthouse with help from Blane Lynn who is doing legal community service. Here they are on the roof of the courthouse. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

The view from the Bryan County Courthouse roof looking southeast toward 3rd street in downtown Durant. This could be a view from the surveillance camera installed on the southwest corner of the building.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_0052aaaaaa.jpgThe view from the Bryan County Courthouse roof looking southeast toward 3rd street in downtown Durant. This could be a view from the surveillance camera installed on the southwest corner of the building. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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