Issued: 17 June 2015
Minister for Corrections David Elliott and Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin today congratulated 50 new graduates sworn in to the ranks of the state's correctional officers.
The new correctional officers are the first recruits to graduate from a regional training program introduced earlier this year to give individuals in regional areas an opportunity to train close to home.
Most trainees live in the Central West and will work at Bathurst, Kirkconnell, Lithgow, Oberon and Wellington correctional centres.
The new officers have received a Certificate III in Correctional Practice and have completed training modules designed to ensure they are ready to work in the state’s correctional facilities.
Commissioner Severin said the new recruits have completed nine weeks of intensive training.
"They have been taught key legislation, policies and procedures, and have participated in simulated search and emergency response exercises and weapons training.
"They have also taken part in scenario-based activities and assessments that have given them an opportunity to prepare for situations in the workplace," he said.
The new officers have a variety of prior jobs that include tradesmen, miners, jewellers, and accountants.
Minister Elliott congratulated the new recruits. "Correctional officers are well-trained, dedicated professionals who work in challenging and sometimes dangerous environments.
"I look forward to seeing these graduates go on to be the men and women who make up the frontline of Corrective Services NSW."
Minister Elliott made special mention of three members of staff, General Manager Bill Fittler, Chris Woodyatt and Ann Kneller, and their sons Harrison, Jason and Michael, who are graduating today.
Also today, the National Medal and 15 Year CSNSW Service Medal was awarded to six Correctional Service Officers, the CSNSW Service Medal to one officer, and the Meritorious Service Medal to one officer for 25 years’ service and another for 35 years’ service.