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​Duty and Danger: Officers Remembered

Issued: Friday, 28 November 2014

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard has paid tribute to the bravery and dedication of the state's correctional officers at a Remembrance Day ceremony today.

Mr Hazzard joined Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin and Department of Justice Secretary Andrew Cappie-Wood at Eastwood's Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy for the ceremony.

"Here and at correctional centres across the state, we gather today to honour the 11 correctional officers who have been killed on duty or as a direct result of injuries sustained on duty,'' Mr Hazzard said.

"Between 1842 and 2007, each of these dedicated professionals died from attacks by violent offenders, while trying to keep our communities safe.

"Corrections is an inherently dangerous job and one for which there is often little public recognition."

"The Inspector of Custodial Services this year commended the professionalism and humanity of custodial officers and said there was an unfortunate absence of political and public understanding and acknowledgement of their work.

"As a community we owe correctional officers a debt of gratitude and the NSW Government will continue its push for Corrective Services NSW officers to be recognised along with police and other emergency services personnel with a national medal for distinguished service."

Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the memorial at the Brush Farm academy included blocks of stone from the old Parramatta Gaol, where two of the 11 officers remembered today were attacked and died in the line of duty.

"I hope the strong attendance of families and colleagues at this ceremony each year provides some comfort to those who have lost their loved ones, that their sacrifices will always be honoured and remembered," Mr Dominello said.

Today's ceremony also honoured serving and former Corrective Services NSW correctional officers and other staff members who had passed away in circumstances such as illness, age or accident unrelated to their duties.