The Fresno County Sheriff Court Services Unit is one of the largest commands within the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. 124 Sheriff personnel (sworn and professional staff) provide security inside criminal courtrooms as well as throughout all five Courthouses.
The Fresno courthouses consist of the Main Courthouse, Traffic, B.F. Sisk, North Annex and Juvenile Justice Center.
Deputies assigned to the unit have a variety of responsibilities in providing security to court which include but are not limited to the following:
Courtroom Deputies announce the entrance of the judges into courtrooms, inform people of the courtroom rules and enforce the rules, maintain order in the room, may remove or arrest people who do not cooperate. Community Services Officers (CSO’s) also provide service in our Civil Courtrooms.
Deputies and CSO's that work in the front lobby screening maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone entering the building. As a matter of safety for all court users, members of the public must enter through a weapons screening station before entering any of the court facilities. Cooperation is the key to maintain a safe and secure atmosphere for everyone using court facilities.
Lieutenant Richard Wilhoite