Courthouse security is a vital component of the daily operation of the Rhea County Courthouse. The officers assigned to courthouse duty are all highly trained and experienced in all security measures involving the courthouse, handling prisoners and securing the safety of the public. Although the Rhea County Courthouse was built in 1891 and maintains its historical character and significance, it has been outfitted with modern metal detectors, both stationary and hand held.
Court officers are trained to identify potential threats to the safety of anyone in the courthouse and prevent the action before a problem arises. No guns, other than law enforcement personnel or sharp objects including knives are allowed in the Rhea County Courthouse. Everyone entering the Rhea County Courthouse is subject to search. Court Officers are required to attend regular classroom and in-service training and receive certification for courtroom security by the State of Tennessee.