Issued: Friday, 9 December 2016
More than 50 new graduates were sworn into the ranks of the state's correctional officers after undertaking 10 weeks of intensive training at the Corrective Services Academy in the Hunter.
The new Corrective Services NSW officers have been taught key legislation, policies and procedures, and have participated in simulated search and emergency-response exercises, as well as weapons training.
Assistant Commissioner James Koulouris said the Academy at Tomago, in the Port Stephens Council area, offers a wide range of courses on topics essential to work as a custodial officer.
"This CSNSW Academy – Hunter Region has proven very beneficial for our expansion and recruitment programs," Mr Koulouris said.
"We now provide some of the world's finest operational training in the Hunter region.
"Training locally means we can provide more attractive employment opportunities in this area, as having a local facility means trainees can continue to live at home.
"The new recruits will now embark on a career in corrections that will be a rewarding one, playing a vital role in keeping our community safe".
The 56 new recruits, who come from the Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast, today took part in a traditional Corrective Services NSW graduation parade attended by Parliamentary Secretary Daryl Maguire MP and Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran.
Mr Corcoran said the parade was a very special occasion and the beginning an important and challenging career.
"Being a correctional officer can be challenging and sometimes dangerous and the academy helps equip our new recruits with the skills they need to face some of the more difficult situations," Mr Corcoran said.
The new officers will complete a Certificate III in Correctional Practice and have undertaken training modules designed to ensure they are ready to work in the state's correctional facilities, including those at Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Kariong.