OSHKOSH - In the wake of several high profile murders and attempted murders of prosecutors and law enforcement personnel across the county, officials in those positions locally have their own safety and security in mind.
Winnebago County District Attorney Christian Gossett told FOX 11 threats come into his office regularly. He expained it's an inherent danger for his job and others like it.
"Most people do just get mad, it rolls off and they're over it," said Gossett, but some don't.
Gossett told us the recent violence against prosecutors and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country is a reminder to take those threats seriously.
"It can be a victim or someone related to a victim who's unhappy with an outcome. It can be an offender or somebody related to the offender," said Gossett.
Winnebago County Sheriff's Lieutenant Joe Kroncke is in charge of courthouse security staff. He told us his department investigates every threat.
"We have the information, we're on top of it. We can get ahead of the problem and then we can take care of it," explained Kroncke.
Gossett said the recent incidents have prompted conversations about upgrading security at the courthouse, but he's not comfortable sharing what exactly those conversations entail.
"Ii've discussed with our Sheriff. We've had discussions in the office. We're taking steps," said Gossett.
Courthouse employees recently practiced safety drills, which Kroncke told us have helped too.
"Our communication has gotten better," said Kroncke.
Which Gossett explained is extremely important to keeping everyone safe.
"Making one another aware, working with courthouse security," said Gossett.
According to Kroncke even more importantly than that, officials need to look out for themselves.
"Basically situational awareness, 'that car isn't usually parked here, when I go home do I take the same route every night?'" described Kroncke, and trust their instincts if something seems wrong.
Gossett is continuing to work to make it legal for district attorneys to carry guns on the job. A group of judges denied his request several months ago, saying it would make courtrooms less safe.
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