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Publication date: Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Eighteen men and women from across the country have been sworn into the ranks of Corrective Services NSW after graduating from Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy in Sydney’s north today.
The graduating recruits, including some from regional NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory, will join the more than 8,000 staff already working for the department and be placed at regional and metropolitan correctional centres across the state.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the fact that the recruitment attracted candidates from other states was testimony to the calibre of training that CSNSW provides, at its academy in Eastwood.
“Being a correctional officer is an intense job and our new recruits are provided world-class training to ensure they can confidently step into their new roles and deliver absolute best practice,” Commissioner Severin said.
“The graduates have undertaken 10-weeks of intensive training at Brush Farm Academy to attain their Certificate III in Correctional Practice, which covers many theoretical components including legislation and policy, as well as the practical application of the work skills required in the custodial environment.”
Friends and family gathered to celebrate their loved ones’ achievements at the ceremony, which featured a graduating class diverse in age, cultural background and education.
“The new recruits come from a variety of backgrounds and prior employment including a Police Officer, tradesmen, university students, retail workers, truck drivers, and ex-serviceman,” Mr Severin said.
“The diversity in personality, skills and life experience will enrich our organisation and make us even more dynamic.
“These participants have spent time away from family and friends to achieve their goal of working in the justice system and they should be very proud of what they have achieved so far and what they will go on to achieve in the future.”
In addition to the graduating class of custodial officers were 27 Community Corrections Officers who were recognised for attaining or working towards a Certificate IV in Correctional Practice.
The certificate provides the skills and knowledge required to work at a Community Corrections office and to commence supervising offenders in the community.