Sheriff’s Officers are trained using a competency-based program that includes six weeks off-the-job training followed by a minimum of three months on-the-job training.
The off-the-job training is conducted in a formal classroom setting and includes:
induction, powers and authority, and operational safety;
court security duties;
in court support duties;
prisoner security duties;
The on-the-job training is conducted for a minimum of three months and covers the three operational areas. Sheriff’s Officers form part of the normal roster during this time. A Senior Sheriff’s Officer monitors and assesses the Sheriff’s Officers to determine their competency against set criteria.
Once Sheriff’s Officers are assessed as competent in each of the three operational areas and their training period has expired, they will be paid at the higher pay rate and be placed at a location. If Sheriff’s Officers are not assessed as competent, they will be given further training. However, if they do not gain a competent level in each of the three operational areas, the Sheriff has the discretion to terminate their employment.
Sheriff’s Officers are required to undertake further training as required and complete block assignments in the functions that are not their core function every twelve to eighteen months.