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​Australian Corrections Medal Honours

Publication date: Friday, 26 January 2018

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Minister for Corrections David Elliott today congratulated the first three NSW officers to receive the Australian Corrections Medal (ACM) in the Australia Day Honours. 

The NSW Government has led a national push for the introduction of a medal to recognise meritorious service by correctional officers. 

The Queen gave her approval for its place in the Australian Honours system, with recipients awarded in the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Honours lists. 

The NSW recipients are:

  • Linda Ferrett: Governor, Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre; 
  • Brendan Cashen, Senior Correctional Officer, Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre; and
  • Naomi Prince: Chief Psychologist at Long Bay. 

Ms Ferrett blazed a trail for women in corrections as the first female dog handler and the first female Assault Team Leader of the Hostage Response Group. Mr Cashen has proven invaluable in identifying contraband, and Ms Prince is a skilled clinician who has been integral to the PRISM program for inmates at risk of radicalisation. 

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the ACM is recognition for officers who risk their life or safety to protect or assist others in the community. 

“To be acknowledged on Australia Day is one of the highest individual acknowledgements of service in our community,” Mr Elliott said. “The NSW Government can’t thank our correctional officers enough for their work”. 

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Mr Peter Severin said the exemplary achievements and dedication shown by the officers deserved the highest recognition. 

“We acknowledge and honour the leadership and commitment of these officers,” Mr Severin said. “Corrections is not always an easy career path to take and these inspiring officers’ professionalism and integrity are worthy examples to follow.”