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State sheriffs' group head backs training bill

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LACONIA, N.H. (AP) -- The president of the New Hampshire Sheriff's Association says he is backing a state Senate bill that would hand district court security to counties because it would add even standards.

Belknap County Sheriff Dan Collis has joined court administrators and the attorney general's office in supporting the proposal. Supporters say the move would standardize training and increase pay.

Counties already provide court security for superior courts but the state provides security at district courts.

The proposal would almost double the per-day rate for security guards, create a new certificate program and give the authority to the counties.

The bill is recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now heads to the Finance Committee.

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