In April, 2016, the question of safety and security at the Paulding County Courthouse was a topic of discussion. At that time there were six unmanned entrances to the building. Response time to a call from the county offices or courts depended on the location of a working road deputy.
On May 2, 2016, a decision to secure all entrances, except the east door, was made. A metal detector was installed allowing visitors be checked for weapons and receive any needed assistance. In July, 2016, a second sheriff deputy was stationed in the courthouse to assist with added duties–registrations and background checks.
All registered Paulding County arson and sex offenders are monitored by the courthouse security sheriff deputies. Electronic FBI and BCI fingerprinting is done at the courthouse, along with issuing and renewing concealed handgun permits. Ink fingerprinting continues to be performed at the county jail.
Paulding County Court received a grant in early 2017 to move forward with security measures at its 201 East Caroline Street, Paulding location. Implementation began May 8, 2017.
In addition to security measures and background checks, courthouse security sheriff deputies assist with transporting inmates to and from court appearances, medical appointments and state prisons transportation.