New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman
New Sheriff’s Officers To Keep Law In Order
Victor P Taffa
18 new Probationary Sheriff’s Officers joined the New South Wales Sheriff’s Office today, having taken their oaths to begin new careers, protecting our courts and those who use them, across 11 regional locations and 3 courthouses in Greater Sydney.
Attorney General Mark Speakman congratulated each of the graduates at a ceremony at Sydney’s Downing Centre court complex.
“Strengthening security at major regional courthouses is critical to ensuring we can continue to protect all court users, including victims of crime, witnesses, the judiciary and the staff who support them.” Attorney General Speakman said.
4 of the new Sheriff’s Officers have been appointed as part of the New South Wales Government’s $150 Million package to help ease pressure on District Courts around the State, which includes 7 additional judges.
“More judges mean extra courts, improved infrastructure and the additional staff needed to ensure proceedings run smoothly and efficiently. 2 new Sheriff’s Officers will be stationed at Tamworth District Court while there will be 1 each at Orange and Newcastle.” Attorney General Speakman said.
While violent incidents are rare in New South Wales courts, the extra Sheriff’s Officers will make people feel safer and help to maintain a calm atmosphere. 16 of the Probationary Sheriffs appointed today are filling vacant positions in courthouses in regional locations ranging from Broken Hill in the far west to Nowra and Coffs Harbour on the coast.
They have a range of employment backgrounds and achievements including massage therapy, Fire and Rescue NSW, landscape gardening, Royal Australian Navy, Corrective Services, truck driving and carpentry.
New recruits will be part of a workforce of more than 280 Sheriff’s Officers responsible for court security, administering the jury system and performing seizures and evictions. New South Wales Sheriff Tracey Hall said the graduates have taken part in 7 weeks of rigorous training at the University of Western Sydney.
“Every day as a Sheriff’s Officer is different, with new challenges and rewarding experiences. The training is focused on communication skills to resolve conflicts in the courthouse without force, but if called upon they are also trained in defensive tactics.” Ms. Hall said.
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