Sheriff's Officers Bravo Class 2022 graduation
Twenty new Probationary Sheriff’s Officers are about to embark on a new career in the justice system, following an attestation ceremony at Old Government House in Parramatta today.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the graduates from Bravo Class 2022 reflect a rich diversity in age, cultural background and professional experience.
They will be deployed to courthouses in metropolitan and greater Sydney, Newcastle, the Illawarra and regional NSW.
Mr Speakman congratulated the newest recruits, acknowledging the crucial contribution each will make in keeping people safe at court and enforcing civil orders in the community.
“These new Sheriff’s Officers have worked with a steadfast commitment and dedication to complete the rigorous training and achieve this honour,” he said.
“I congratulate these officers and welcome them into a career that I hope will prove long and rewarding.
“It’s great to see more women pursuing a career in justice – we have eight women attesting in this latest class.”
The 10-week intensive training program is conducted by the NSW Sheriff and Justice Academy.
Sheriff of NSW Tracey Hall PSM said the program includes training on understanding and managing mental health and how de-escalate volatile or potentially critical situations.
“We want to make sure all our officers have the necessary skills to deal expertly and compassionately with people experiencing high anxiety or distress,” Ms Hall said.
“We will now have more than 300 Sheriff’s Officers working to ensure the safe administration of justice in 170 locations across the state.”
The latest graduates come from a variety of professional backgrounds including, nursing, health, retail management, Fire and Rescue, Defence and NSW Police.
12 of the new Probationary Sheriff’s Officers will be based in Sydney and Parramatta and the remaining eight in Newcastle, the Illawarra and regional NSW.