AN ALARMING incident where a woman turned a knife on herself inside a Coffs Harbour court-room has prompted a major security upgrade.
Six months since the woman committed the act of self harm, the NSW Government announced yesterday it will spend $60,000 installing closed circuit security survelliance.
The funding commitment follows a call from the NSW Law Society for the courthouse to also be fitted with metal detectors.
NSW Attorney General, John Hatzistergos and Duty Labor MLC for Coffs Harbour, Sophie Cotsis said the upgrade would address public safety concerns.
“While security incidents are uncommon in NSW courts, the new technologies will help ensure that people that cause a serious disturbance can be identified and prosecuted,” Mr Hatzistergos said.
“People are entitled to feel safe when they enter the state’s courts and this upgrade will provide them with an extra level of protection.”
The CCTV systems will record and store up to eight weeks of high quality footage.
The cameras will complement existing court security services provided by the NSW Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officers carry a baton, capsicum spray and handcuffs and have the power to search court users, confiscate prohibited items, such as weapons, and can even make arrests.