Security and CCTV Upgrade After Courthouse Murder
WA Government on behalf of the Department of the Attorney General has gone to tender seeking a CCTV and unspecified security upgrade at the Joondalup Courthouse.
The tender comes after the murder of Perth woman Sarah Thomas by her estranged partner in a meeting room at the Joondalup Courthouse in December last year.
At the time TWU told WA Today that its Court Security and Custodial Services Officers had been left shaken by the incident and told TWU officials the stabbing death of Ms Thomas could have been prevented.
“All the court officers at Joondalup were deeply traumatised by the incident that occurred,” said TWU state secretary Tim Dawson.
“Joondalup courthouse does not have a security checkpoint. The courthouse relies solely on the security staff who work there. Inadequate funding by the State Government into this vital service puts the public and security staff in greater risk from incidents like these.”
The tender closes on May 5, 2017. ♦