Extra security measures coming for Dubbo courts

Two extra Sheriff’s Officers and screening “as needed” are part of strengthened security measures at Dubbo Courthouse.

NSW attorney-general Gabrielle Upton announced the appointment of 40 new Sheriff’s Officers across the state in September, saying it was part of the government’s counter-terrorism response.

In recent weeks airport-style screening has greeted people entering the precinct at Dubbo on various days.

NSW Justice on Tuesday confirmed the measure was part of a statewide investment in strengthening court security.

“Forty new Sheriff’s Officers have been recently been appointed to further strengthen security at key courthouses in NSW,” the spokesperson said.

“Two of the new Sheriff’s Officers are based at Dubbo Courthouse.”

The NSW Justice website advises that many courts have airport-style security at the entrance to prevent unauthorised items being taken into the court premises, while “temporary and random scanning operations are held from time-to-time in courts without permanent screening points”.

On Tuesday the Justice spokesperson said security scanning was “carried out as needed at the entrance to Dubbo Courthouse”.

“Most items confiscated aren’t illegal and can be returned to court users when they exit the building,” the spokesperson said.

“Any illegal items seized will be handed to police.”

The department also had advice for the community to make the process run as efficiently as possible.

“People attending court should leave sharp objects and any other unnecessary items at home,” the spokesperson said.

As well as performing screening and other security roles, Sheriff’s Officers are responsible for administering the jury system and enforcing a range of court orders.

During trials, Sheriff’s Officers provide support for jurors.

There was strong competition for the 40 new positions across NSW, with the Sheriff’s Office receiving more than 400 applications.

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