Part 3: The Shooter, The Victims, The Aftermath

Prior to January 10, 1984, life at the Orange County Courthouse was very relaxed. After that fateful day, security became a much higher priority.

The Provenzano shooting shocked Central Florida residents and exposed various weak points in courthouse security. After the dust settled, it was clear to everyone that life had forever changed – and that new security measures had to be put in place to avert a similar tragedy from ever happening again. Sheriff Jerry Demings, a decades-long veteran of law enforcement, stopped by the Open Ninth podcast studio to discuss the changes in security that were put in place immediately after the Provenzano shooting and the ongoing efforts to strengthen security measures each day. He states that law enforcement works tirelessly to stay one step ahead of any possible threats.

From innovative technologies such as iris, thumbprint, and facial recognition to state-of-the-art security cameras, the 23 floors of the Orange County courthouse are more secure than ever. Courthouse visitors must pass through magnetometers and be screened by handheld wands as necessary before being permitted into the courthouse. Signage placed at courthouse entrance points lets visitors know which items are not permitted in the courthouse. Armed law enforcement officers secure courthouse entrances and courtrooms. Their presence is visible and serves as a deterrent to would-be assailants. As we wrap up this three-part series on the Provenzano shooting, we’d like to give special thanks to all law enforcement officers, particularly to courthouse security detail who work diligently each day to ensure the courthouse remains a safe place for everyone.

Sheriff Demings is an Orlando, Florida native who is widely respected by the community. He became Orlando’s first African-American police chief in 1998 and Orange County’s first African-American sheriff in 2008. Sheriff Demings began his law enforcement career in 1981, only a few years prior to the Provenzano shooting.

In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Jerry L. Demings

Orange County Sheriff

Jerry Demings has served as the Orange County Sheriff since 2008 and has served the community in the public safety arena for over 34 years.