56 new sheriffs to support courts and keep law and order
Three classes of new probationary sheriff’s officers have successfully completed the Sheriff Office Recruitment Training Course and are ready to embark on a fulfilling career serving their community.
Today’s attestation at Old Government House in Parramatta celebrates 56 new probationary sheriff’s officers in the largest ceremony ever held in NSW.
The work of sheriff’s officers is central to the efficient functioning of the courts and justice system. They provide security at court complexes; serve warrants, summonses and other orders issued by the courts; enforce writs, warrants and property seizure orders; administer the jury system; and they prepare courtrooms and call and swear in witnesses.
Training consists of a 10-week intensive course that includes tactical training and perimeter security. Officers learn how to anticipate and respond to risks and de-escalate tense situations.
Today’s graduates bring the number of sheriff’s officers in NSW to more than 300. They will be attached to 170 locations, including the metropolitan centres of Parramatta and Newcastle as well as regional NSW, including Lismore, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
To find out more about becoming a sheriff’s officer, visit the Department of Communities and Justice website.
NSW Attorney General Michael Daley:
“Sheriff’s officers play an important role in the justice system, ensuring the security and safety of all court users and the community.
“It is a dynamic job offering career progression and the satisfaction of serving the community.
“I congratulate the probationary sheriff’s officers graduating today and wish them well as they embark on this exciting new career.”
Sheriff of NSW Tracey Hall said:
“Sheriff’s officers are highly skilled, through intensive training that emphasises excellent communication skills and relationship building with people and their community.
“Sheriff’s officers come from all walks of life and backgrounds as diverse as the communities they serve.”