By Gary Garton

Globe Staff Writer

MIAMI, Okla. - An alarm system for offices and courtrooms in the Ottawa County Courthouse is under consideration after a presentation Monday to the County Commission by a Texas company.

Secure Tech Systems Inc. is offering to install 16 call buttons in courthouse offices and courtrooms, linked directly to the sheriff's office, to be used to summon help if it is needed. Total cost of the system is $10,000.

Commissioner Russell Earls said the company also has additional "panic buttons" besides the 16, which it can add for about $85 each.

"There have been instances in the past, especially on the court system floor, where deputies have had to be called for assistance when people became belligerent, or also when there was a sudden illness," Earls said.

He said the Texas company has installed similar systems in Tulsa, Rogers and Osage counties in Oklahoma.

The commissioners voted to table the matter for further discussion with the sheriff and other county officers.

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