NEW SHERIFF’S OFFICER FOR LISMORE
Court security has received a boost with the graduation of 10 new Sheriff’s Officers, including one who will serve in Lismore, Member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.
Former retail worker Tim Fawdry was among six men and four women sworn in at a ceremony at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courthouse last Friday.
Mr Fawdry, who was born and bred in Tamworth, started working at Lismore Courthouse this week.
“Lismore has one of the state’s busiest regional courthouses and Sheriff’s Officers play a vital role in maintaining a safe and calm environment,” Mr George said.
“There are now 11 Sheriff’s Officers who work at Lismore and travel with the judiciary for court sittings in places such as Tenterfield and Byron Bay.”
The latest recruits have undergone seven weeks of rigorous training on the law, operating scanning and X-ray technology, hand-to-hand tactics, the use of batons, escorting people from courts and resolving conflict without force.
New officers will also be deployed to courts in Sydney, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Tamworth.
There are more than 280 Sheriff’s Officers in NSW, who manage court security, the administration of the jury system and enforcing a range of court orders.
Sheriff’s Officers 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.