Office of the Sheriff of NSW
At the Office of the Sheriff of New South Wales, we conduct law enforcement, security and support activities to ensure the safe and successful operation of state courts. We also administer the NSW jury service system, a massive operation which involves more than 200,000 citizens each year.
More than 400 specially trained Sheriff's Officers, court officers and clerical staff are employed at 58 Sheriff's offices across the state.
Sworn uniformed Sheriff’s Officers have law enforcement, security and other court-related responsibilities under the direction and supervision of the Officer-in-Charge. Their duties include:
- serving documents
- enforcing writs, warrants and orders issued out of the various courts
- maintaining the security of court complexes and the safety of people attending those complexes
- ensuring the welfare of jurors and protective witness’s
- applying the use of force when necessary, proportionate and justified supporting day-to day- courtroom operations.
The role offers an opportunity for flexibility, as a Sheriff’s Officer can be required to move between different locations to meet work demands.
"The work we do ensures the safety of our officers, as well as the general public and the judicial system."
I don't think anybody's that clear about what sheriffs do until they need a Sheriff they just think of cowboy movies that we're going to have a horse ride into town that's not what we actually do though the Sheriff's Office is a law enforcement organisation that does civil law enforcement and court security operations we protect the court system try to make it run smoothly and enact any orders that the court make we protect everybody in the court upholding the justice system is very important to the community and I believe everyone should respect the law the work we do ensures the safety of our officers as well as the general public and the judicial system there is lots and lots of training and endless amount of training there are no two days that are the same in the sheriff's office before I was a sheriff I was a farmer something completely different I was studying at university before joining the sheriff office I was into 80.
I never thought i would be involved in law enforcement my persistence since joining the office of the sheriff has really seen me travel a long way well a sheriff can come from any background it doesn't matter what you did before there is no restriction if you are a male or female whatever category you are and it doesn't matter the role as a sheriff's officer focuses on teamwork determination resilience persistence and passion we all do the same job we all need to back each other up we're all part of the same team.
I think to be a sheriff you need to have compassion and empathy as well I think everyone that's coming through the doors isn't always coming for a good reason I have seen people in their darkest hours and face a lot of adversity you do see a lot of people in some terrible situations everybody deserves your respect when they come through the courtroom door my role at the moment has given me a wealth of knowledge it's a secure job there's room for progression there's always opportunities to do other roles whether it be for a short amount of time or a longer period of time coming to work daily that's my favorite thing to do I'm proud to be a sheriff i go to work with other people who are proud to be a Sheriff i feel part of a team it has been the most rewarding career that i have ever been involved in.
Working as a Sheriff’s Officer
- Support the efficient operation of the court by maintaining the security of court complexes and the safety of people attending these complexes.
- Undertake law enforcement duties in compliance with relevant legislation, policies and procedures
- Undertake court related duties including the support of jurors
- Use computer systems to accurately enter data
- Using computer systems to accurately enter data
- Provide high quality client services
- Support the effective implementation of improved work practices
- Adapt to work in different jurisdictions
- Comply with departmental policies and practices such as harassment prevention, Equal Employment Opportunity, Code of Conduct, Work Health & Safety, Ethical Work Practices, Disability Awareness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategies.
Physically and Mentally Fit
At times, the duties of a Sheriff’s Officer can be physical and may involve running, bending, lifting heavy objects and being able to navigate obstacles in tight spaces. Sheriff’s Officers may also need to use self-defence and control/restraint techniques during a critical incident.
To make sure you can perform the role and functions of a Sheriff’s Officer, you will be required to undertake a medical and physical assessment.
The medical assessment is designed to assess your overall health and check if you have any medical conditions that may impede your ability to safely perform the duties of a Sheriff’s Officer. This can include testing your core, upper body, lower limb, grip and overall strength and mobility. As the role requires the use and correct interpretation of X-ray scanning technology and colour displays, normal colour vision is mandated and your colour vision will be assessed.
Mental resilience is also a requirement of the role as you can be regularly exposed to explicit information and footage relayed in court hearings including child and sexual assault matters.
It’s important to prepare for the fitness assessment well in advance as you may only have one opportunity to successfully complete it. You should aim to be fit enough to complete:
- 25 push-ups
- 90 second plank/hover
- 20 sit-ups with your feet held or under furniture
- 30 minutes of fast paced walking
- 35kgs grip strength on each hand
- Be open and honest, prepared to express your views, and willing to accept and commit to change
- Be ethical and professional, and uphold and promote the public sector values
- Communicate clearly, actively listen to others, and respond with understanding and respect
- Achieve results through the efficient use of resources and a commitment to quality outcomes
- Be proactive and responsible for own actions, and adhere to legislation, policy and guidelines
- Understand and use available technologies to maximise efficiencies and effectiveness
- Are an Australian Citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia
- Hold a current Australian Driver’s License (P1 and above)
- Hold a current First Aid certificate
- Be physically fit and mentally resilient.
- Criminal History and Integrity Checks
- Reference checks (minimum of 2 referees)
- Physical and medical assessment
- Conduct and performance checks (for existing public service employees)
- Any other pre-employment checks as required
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