Special Constables and Court Security
The special constables of the Belleville Police Force are responsible for law enforcement and security at the Quinte Courthouse. There they partake in tasks related to overseeing and transferring prisoners to and from different locations, including the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee.
The special constables help house prisoners for not only the Belleville police, but also other police services Quinte West and Centre Hastings OPP. Their main priority is the ensure the safety and security of prisoners held there.
“Every morning, two people from our staff will drive to the Quinte Detention Centre to pick up prisoners for sentencing, bail hearings or other court dates.”
Along with overseeing prisoners, officers provide security to the courthouse as a whole. When entering the building, visitors will be greeted by two officers who will conduct a scanned search to make sure no weapons or illegal substances enter. “We’ve had people who wanted to see a sentencing for their friend try to enter with some drugs.”
Both inside and outside the courthouse is monitored with security cameras. To keep the building and prisoner transfers secure, certain doors are kept locked and can only be opened by an officer running the security system.
“This part of policing has us deal with a lot of troubled people, but when you can interact with some of them, you have that opportunity to help them turn their life around.”