Courthouse Security Division


Effective March 24, 2020, Jackson County offices in the building at 415 E. 12th Street in Kansas City will be closed to the public for at least 30 days. This closure does not apply to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court – The Court remains open. Please use the west doors if you need to do business with the Circuit Court.

The Historic Truman Courthouse is also closed to the public for at least 30 days.


Courthouse Security

The Courthouse Security Division personnel have the responsibilities of providing and maintaining an orderly and safe environment for all visitors and employees within Jackson County Courthouse facilities.

The Courthouse Security Division assumes these responsibilities in numerous Courthouse locations in Kansas City and Independence including:

  • Jackson County Courthouse:
    415 E 12th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64064

  • Criminal Justice Center:
    1315 Locust
    Kansas City, MO 64064

  • Family Court:
    625 E 26th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64064

  • Jackson County Courthouse Annex:
    308 W Kansas
    Independence, MO 64064

  • Truman Courthouse:
    112 W Lexington Avenue
    Independence, MO 64064


The integrity of courthouse security is vital to the uninterrupted functioning of the Court System and all official County business. To ensure the achievement of this goal, persons and their possessions entering Jackson County Courthouse facilities are, by court order, subject to security screening, including the use of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors, x-ray machines and Sheriff’s Office K-9’s. The security checkpoints are the 1st line of defense against weapons and contraband being brought into courthouse facilities.


Courthouse facilities are often melting pots where litigants are brought together to resolve disputes. Thus, it is required that Deputies conduct constant proactive and preventive patrol of all areas of the facilities, and remain abreast of court proceedings and courthouse activities. Deputies respond to a variety of calls for service, including:

  • Accident investigation
  • Disturbances
  • Duress alarms
  • Escorts
  • Parking enforcement
  • Taking persons into custody
  • Other reports as needed

They also provide security and protection for judges and juries.

Department Head


Captain Charles DeGroff