TOWANDA - The county will be installing eight closed circuit television cameras to monitor the outside grounds of the Bradford County Courthouse and the inside of the courthouse's annex building.

At their most recent meeting, the Bradford County commissioners accepted a proposal from Hillman Security of Luzerne, Pa., to furnish and install the cameras, county officials said.

Hillman will be paid $13,675, the commissioners said.

The cameras "will make sure our sheriff's department has ... the visible means to protect (those areas)," Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko said.

The eight cameras are in addition to four cameras that had been previously affixed to the exterior of the courthouse, which provide security outside the building, Sheriff Clinton "C.J." Walters said.

The four existing cameras, as well as the eight additional cameras, provide video surveillance, but will not record and transmit audio, the sheriff said.

The county has received a $10,000 grant from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to help pay for the cameras, Walters said.

The county will be providing the rest of the money for the cameras.

The annex is located behind the courthouse.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.