Court security boost overdue

South-west Victorian lawyer Ian Pugh is reeling after the State Government revealed a delay to crucial security improvements at Colac’s court.

Colac court users will have to wait until the end of year for increased security after a delay to deploying security officers at the outdated court.

The State Government announced $330,000 in May last year to upgrade Colac’s court, including three security officers, a walk-through metal detector and supply of handheld security wands.

The Colac Herald reported in July last year that the deployment of the security officers and security equipment would happen within the 2016-17 financial year.

But a Court Services Victoria spokeswoman said last week that the security officers and security equipment would be in place by late this year.

The spokeswoman said the process to appoint a security supplier to train, recruit and deploy the court security officers was in the final stages.

“Deployment of court security officers to courts that do not currently have a security presence will commence in late 2017,” she said.

“The rollout of security equipment will align with the deployment of court security officers.”

South-west Victoria-based lawyer and campaigner for the upgrades Ian Pugh said violent incidents were a regular occurrence at the court and he was disappointed the improved security was delayed.

“This is another example of Colac being left behind by big city bureaucrats,” Mr Pugh said.

“Now we just have to hope that in the next six months there’s no incidents at the court which harms any of the people including police, lawyers, and other parties who attend the court,” he said.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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