New Sheriff Comes To Town

New Sheriff Comes To Town

Court security has received a boost with the graduation of 10 new Sheriff’s Officers, including one who will serve in Port Macquarie, Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams announced today.

Former fitness instructor Kathleena Mantle was among four women and six men sworn in at a ceremony at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courthouse last Friday.

Ms Mantle, who has lived in Port Macquarie for 22 years, started working at the city’s courthouse this week.

“Port Macquarie’s busy regional courthouse hosts Local and District Court sittings and Sheriff’s Officers play a vital role in maintaining a safe and calm environment,” said Mrs Williams.

“There are now five Sheriff’s Officers who work at Port Macquarie and travel with the judiciary for court sittings in places such as Kempsey and Taree.”

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, Lismore 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.

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