Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Court officers concerned for their safety are calling on the county for changes inside court buildings.
HEMPSTEAD - Court officers in Nassau say staffing cuts and poor building conditions are adding more risks to an already dangerous job.
Nassau Court Officers Benevolent Association President Billy Imandt says there aren't enough court officers on the job. He blames the state for a lack of funding, which he says has left their force down 22 percent from what it was five years ago.
Compounding officers’ troubles, Imandt says the court's county-owned buildings are in deplorable condition.
Court officer Frank Bell showed News 12 some of the signs of disrepair at district court in Hempstead: an elevator bolted shut, another that gets stuck, holes in the ceiling, missing tiles, exit signs that don't light up, expired fire extinguishers, stairwells and hallways cluttered with old furniture, and supposedly secure doors that don't even have locks.