Two graduates from the largest ever cohort of Probationary Sheriff’s Officers have reported for duty at Gosford Courthouse.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the new recuits had completed a 10-week training program which involved understanding legislation, learning communication skills and completing combat training.
“Sheriff’s Officers play a vital role in the justice system by maintaining court security and administering the jury system. They also perform field duties including asset seizures, evictions and enforcement of warrants,” Mr Crouch said.
“The two new graduates at Gosford Courthouse have taken up their posts and will now finish a Certificate III in Government (Court Services) over the next 12 months of work.”
Attorney General Mark Speakman thanked the 31 new additions to the Office of the NSW Sheriff, which has existed for nearly 200 years.
“Today we celebrate the future potential of these Sheriff’s Officers, who will play a critical role in keeping our courts and communities safe,” Mr Speakman said.
“Sheriff’s Officers sometimes face a tough job while protecting people who attend court, and we thank them for their service and dedication.”
NSW Sheriff Tracey Hall said ‘Alpha Class 2021’ was the largest ever cohort to undergo training, and the first to be enrolled in the NSW Sheriff and Justice Academy.
“Sheriff's Officers are unsung heroes who often forge long and rewarding careers. This year’s graduates come from diverse backgrounds, including NSW Police, Corrective Services, the Australian Defence Force, retail and other private industries such as aviation, tourism and hospitality,” Ms Hall said.
There are more than 300 Sheriff’s Officers deployed in 170 locations across NSW. Over the past year, Sheriff's Officers have also stepped out of their normal role to also assist in bushfire relief and the COVID-19 response.