A new point of entry screening station will be added to the Corner Brook Law Courts this year.
The screening station is just one of 16 recommendations contained in the report from retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Leigh DesRoches’ review of the Sheriff’s Office.
The province has accepted all of DesRoches’ recommendations and has committed to putting $6.4 million into improving delivery of court security services over the next three years.
The 2014 budget, which comes down on Thursday, will include $1.7 million for this year.
“The Sheriff’s Office delivers important services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and this review was the result of a commitment we made and have followed through with,” said Justice Minister Darin King in a prepared statement released Monday. “We have listened to what people had to say, we gathered expert advice and we are responding accordingly.”
King said the changes announced will result in a stronger court security program for everyone who uses the province’s court facilities.
A new point of entry screening station will also be installed at the Unified Family Court in St. John’s. And some of the money announced by King will be directed towards increasing staffing at some locations and improving the structure of the organization.
The report is available online at www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/publications/pdf/sheriffs_office_review_march2014.pdf.