NEW SHERIFF’S OFFICER FOR LISMORE
Today Thomas George MP joined Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and the Sheriff of NSW Tracey Hall in congratulating incoming officers following a graduation ceremony at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courthouse.
The new graduates include officers appointed as part of the NSW Government’s counter-terrorism strategy which has provided $10.4 million for 40 additional Sheriff’s Officers from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
“Lismore has a busy courthouse and the addition of a Sheriff’s Officer will strengthen security during a period where the nation is on a heightened alert,” said Mr George.
New Sheriff’s Officers will report for duty this month at courts in Albury, Burwood, Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Downing Centre, Orange, Parramatta, Queanbeyan and Wagga Wagga.
Their deployment follows a rigorous seven weeks of training, including the use of batons, hand-to-hand tactics and resolving conflict without force.
The recruits come from a range of professional backgrounds, such as small business, travel, education, police force, army and even a former chimney sweeper.
“These talented recruits are about to embark on a challenging and rewarding new career managing court security, organising juries and carrying out law enforcement duties on behalf of courts and tribunals,” said Ms Upton.
There are now more than 240 Sheriff’s Officers across the state, servicing 160 courthouses.