Issued: Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Security at Gosford Courthouse is about to be boosted with the installation of safer courtroom docks and the appointment of an additional Sheriff's officer, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Liberal candidate for Gosford Jilly Pilon announced today.
Mr Speakman said, "The new docks will bring Gosford court into line with many major metropolitan and regional courthouses across the state and improve safety for court users.
"The secure docks will make it easier for Corrective Services to manage defendants in custody, particularly those charged with serious and violent offences."
The docks represent a $20,000 investment in safety at Gosford Courthouse. They are designed to ensure there is virtually no chance of defendants escaping. They will be completed by the end of this month.
Gosford Courthouse will also benefit from the appointment of an additional Sheriff's officer.
Ms Pilon said, "Sheriff's officers play a vital role in creating a safe environment for court users on the Central Coast. The new officer will be based at Gosford, and will also be available for hearings at Woy Woy."
New recruits undergo seven week of rigorous training including as to the use of batons, hand-to-hand tactics and escorting people from courts. They are also trained in resolving conflict without force.
Mr Speakman said, "Strengthening security at major NSW courthouses, such as Gosford, is a key priority for the NSW Government, particularly in light of the heightened terror alert."
As part of the NSW Government's response to counter terrorism, $5.2 million was made available in the two years to June 2017 to recruit extra Sheriff's officers to help increase safety at courthouses across the state.
This new appointment will take the number of Sheriff's officers at Gosford to 15.
The existing dock at Gosford Court
A dock similar to that which will be installed at Gosford Court