Two Dubbo sheriffs have been recognised for ten years of service in the role.
Inspector Andrew Spackman and Senior Sheriff’s Officer Donna-Maree Hawke were recognised for their service to the Dubbo Courthouse on Tuesday.
Promotions were also acknowledged. Mr Spackman was promoted from senior Sheriff’s Officer to Inspector. Nichola Walton was promoted from Sheriff’s Officer to Senior Sergeant, Second Officer in Charge of Dubbo Sheriff’s Office Sharon Dykes was made a Relieving Sergeant at West South West Command Sheriff’s Office.
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Duty Member of the Legislative Council for Dubbo Niall Blair said the officers had performed a difficult job with maximum care and minimal fuss.
He said the unsung heroes hadn’t sought the limelight, but Tuesday’s ceremony was a great opportunity to recognise their feats.
Dubbo MP Troy Grant also paid tribute to the sheriff’s officers.
“Courts can be a high stress environment where emotions run high but our local sheriff’s officers do a terrific job of managing security and keeping the peace,” he said.
Courts can be a high stress environment where emotions run high but our local Sheriff’s Officers do a terrific job of managing security and keeping the peace.Troy Grant
Olympic Citations were awarded to Senior Sergeant Darren Woods from Bathurst and Senior Sergeant Michael Carpenter from Orange. Both were also recognised for 20 years of service.
Senior Sergeant Rodney Morrison from Parkes and Senior Sheriff’s Officer Simon Bray from Bathurst were presented with an award for 10 years of service.
There are more than 280 sheriff’s officers in NSW who are responsible for court security, administering the jury system and performing field duties, such as seizures of assets and evictions.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the sheriff’s officers who received awards preformed duties that could carry some personal risk.
“It’s important we recognise the dedication of these officers and help them and their colleagues keep safe,” Mr Speakman said.
“It can sometimes be a dangerous job. That’s why the NSW government has provided all Sheriff’s Officers with ballistic vests to provide an extra level of protection for frontline duties.”