Security at Queanbeyan Courthouse has been boosted with the appointment of a new Sheriff’s Officer.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro congratulated and welcomed Mathew O’Hearn, who graduated at a ceremony at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courthouse last week.

“The graduates come from a range of employment backgrounds including Fire and Rescue NSW, Royal Australian Navy, truck driving and carpentry.

“Mr O’Hearn was previously a landscape gardener,” Mr Barilaro said.

The new Sheriff will further strengthen the security at Queanbeyan Courthouse to create an even safer and calmer environment.

“Sheriff’s Officers are the unsung heroes of the justice system, working on the frontline to safeguard our local courthouses and protect the people who visit them,” Mr Barilaro said.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said 16 of the officers will be located at regional NSW while the other two will be based at two courthouses in Greater Sydney.

“Courts can often be high stress environments, but our local Sheriff’s Officers do an incredible job managing security and keeping the peace,” Mr Speakman said.

The new Sheriffs will be part of a workforce of more than 280 Sheriff’s Officers across NSW responsible for court security, administering the jury system and performing seizures and evictions.

How do people become a Sheriff

The officers have taken part in seven weeks of rigorous training at the University of Western Sydney at Parramatta including the use of batons, defensive tactics, resolving conflict without force and escorting people from court.

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