Victoria’s oldest operating courthouse will have safer and more secure facilities as part of a state-wide rollout of Court Security Officers under the Andrews Labor Government.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced three Court Security Officers will be deployed to the Portland Magistrates’ Court on sitting days from tomorrow, Tuesday 19 December.
The new Court Security Officers will undertake entry screening and provide a roving security presence, delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
They will also provide escort services for vulnerable people when required, including women and children who have been victims of family violence.
The new Court Security Officers will also allow Victoria Police, where they consider it appropriate, to re-deploy police officers currently providing court security to front-line duties.
The Court Security Officer rollout forms part of the Labor Government’s $58.1 million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
In addition to the roll-out, a $30,000 upgrade of the court was recently completed to improve the existing Registry counter to provide a more secure area for staff.
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“It is crucial that when vulnerable people, especially those caught up in family violence, attend court they can do so in a safe manner, free from threat or intimidation.”
“This historic building has served the people of Portland for the past 172 years and these upgrades and new security measures will ensure it remains a safe environment for the community.”
“The addition of Court Security Officers at the Portland Magistrate’s Court will deliver on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.”
Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula
“The Andrews Labor Government is increasing security measures at courts across the state to help make them safer for the Victorian community.”