NEW SHERIFF’S OFFICER FOR TAMWORTH
Tamworth will gain the services of one of twelve new Sheriff’s Officers sworn in last week, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Attorney General Mark Speakman announced today.
Louise Giddings is among eight men and four women who took her oath in a graduation ceremony in Sydney, following eight weeks of rigorous training.
“With the addition of Ms Giddings, Tamworth will have eight Sheriff’s Officers to help keep our courts and communities safe,” Mr Anderson said.
“Our local team are very dedicated and have worked hard to make sure our courts are safe so Ms Giddings will be a fantastic addition to that team.”
After previously working in family day care, Ms Giddings has opted for a dramatic career change. She has spent the past two months learning about 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.
The other new Sheriff’s Officers will be deployed to courts in Sydney and regional centres in NSW, such as Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, and Newcastle.
There are now more than 280 Sheriff’s Officers in NSW, including 22 who will be awarded National Medals or a First Clasp for their service in an occupation in which they put their lives on the line to protect the community.
The medals were awarded at the graduation ceremony and at separate presentations across the state.
Fifteen years of diligent service is required to be eligible for a National Medal, and a further 10 years’ service can earn officers a First Clasp.
The NSW Government will also provide ballistic vests for all of the state’s Sheriff’s Officers, who are responsible for court security, administering the jury system and performing field duties, such as seizures of assets and evictions.
“Being a Sheriff’s Officer is a challenging and sometimes dangerous job and ballistic vests can provide an extra level of protection for frontline duties,” said Mr Speakman.