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Issued: Friday, 7 November 2014
The Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard praised has the commitment of 56 new Corrective Services recruits who were sworn in today.
“The community trusts these officers with an important job – ensuring the safety of the community, of fellow officers and of offenders,” Mr Hazzard said.
Mr Hazzard joined Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin in welcoming the new custodial and community officers at a swearing-in ceremony at Sydney’s Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy.
“These are difficult and challenging jobs, and require individuals with strength, empathy and intelligence,” Mr Hazzard said.
“On behalf of the community I thank our Corrective Services officers for their hard work both inside the prison system and out in the community.”
Mr Severin said the new recruits undergo extensive training and have to spend time away from their families to pursue careers with Corrective Services.
“The 37 new custodial Correctional Officers have completed a nine-week training course - which includes simulated exercises and work experience at various prisons,” Mr Severin said.
“The 19 community corrections recruits underwent eight weeks of face-to-face training at the Academy and have had 10 months of on-the-job training placed at Community Corrections offices across the state.
“Custodial Corrections officers will be deployed to work in prisons across the state while Community Corrections Officers will manage offenders who are serving sentences in the community or are on parole.
“I am sure they will make us proud and do their utmost to reward the trust the community has placed in them,” he said.
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Captions:Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard inspecting new Corrective Services recruits at Brush Farm Academy.