NORWICH – New York State Court Officer John Blangiardo and Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. weigh in on Blangiardo’s victory in the 170 weight class of the Gladius Fight on September 27, and what it means to be a County Court Officer.
Blangiardo, 29-years-old, and is a Port Jefferson, Long Island native. He has been with the NYS Court System for about five years and has been with Chenango County for four years. Blangiardo is one of the 12 Chenango County Court and Supreme Court officers. Before becoming a court officer, he needed to pass a statewide civil service exam and attend four months at the NYS Court Officers Academy in Albany.
Blangiardo acts as Judge Revoir’s primary security detail and attends whichever type of court the judge may have (county, family, surrogate), travels with the judge when necessary to schools, jails and prisons, and public events.
“It’s amazing how the system works, the lengths we go through to protect people’s rights and how seriously we take people’s constitutional rights. It’s inspiring to be able to see the system work. We go to the ends of the Earth to make sure we live up to our obligations,” Blangiardo said.
Blangiardo often speaks at schools with Judge Revoir, usually mentioning his background in mixed martial arts (MMA) and describing what his job is like in the hopes of encouraging young people to pursue a job in public service.
“Especially today, these guys perform a very important and vital function of the court system, which is the security. As you can imagine, on a day to day basis, we see people who are very angry, very upset,” Judge Revoir said of the officers.
He went on to say that you will see one, usually two, court officers sitting behind the front desk when you walk in to the Eaton Center Courthouse, monitoring the 32 cameras in that specific facility that run 24/7, interviewing people as they come through the door, utilizing the metal detector and scanner, and maintaining the appropriate decorum in the courtroom as well as the waiting room.
“I use that phrase, sitting, but they’re not just sitting around. They’re aware of things going on all around,” Revoir said. “They all have to be on their toes at all times, and additionally they need to be physically fit.” The judge referenced numerous times the litigators needed to be subdued, lawyers that needed to be separated, and individuals that fled the courthouse.