STRENGTHENING COURT SECURITY AT LISMORE
Security at key courthouses across NSW will be further strengthened with the appointment of 48 Sheriff’s Officers as part of the NSW Government’s counter-terrorism response.
Thomas George Member for Lismore and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announced that Lismore Courthouse would receive three additional Sheriffs. “The safety of those who work at or attend Lismore Courthouse is of the utmost importance,” Mr George said.
Ms Upton said the NSW Government is investing nearly $5.2 million to appoint more Sheriff’s Officers in 2015/16, with new recruits to start training today.
“This surge in Sheriff’s Officers will further strengthen security at key courthouses during a period when the nation’s terrorism alert is on high.”
Sheriff’s Officers are responsible for court security, administering the jury system and serving and enforcing a range of court orders. They conduct routine scans of people entering court facilities and have the power to confiscate weapons and other dangerous items to ensure a safe environment. During trials, Sheriff’s Officers provide support for jurors.
The recruits will undergo a rigorous five weeks of training, with the first classes to begin on September 26. The physical component of training will include the use of batons and other appointments, hand-to-hand tactics and escorting people from courts. The recruits will also be trained in resolving conflict peacefully using verbal skills.