EXTRA SECURITY FOR NORTHERN NSW COURTS
Northern NSW courts will be able to rapidly increase security at short notice following the arrival of new portable metal detectors, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced today.
The NSW Government has invested $67,000 in 13 portable metal detectors, which have been deployed to locations across NSW including Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads.
“The portable metal detectors weigh less than fixed devices and are compact and collapsible so they can be easily transported to the location where they are needed,” said Mr Provest.
Sheriff’s Officers will use the metal detectors to scan court users during high risk matters.
The portable devices will operate when necessary at Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads and will be available to other courts in northern NSW.
“Lismore Courthouse already has perimeter security, however the portable metal detector could be used to scan users of the annex building during certain care and protection cases and coronial hearings,” said Mr George.
The rollout of the portable metal detectors follows a range of recent improvements to security in NSW courts.
In the 2016-17 Budget, the NSW Government announced $5.2 million to extend the contracts of 40 new Sheriff’s Officers. Three of the new officers Sheriff’s Officers have been allocated to northern NSW courts.
Ballistics vests are also expected to be made available to Sheriff’s Officers by the end of the year.