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​NSW attracts prison staff from other states

Publication date: Wednesday 12 July 2017

Corrective Services NSW has lured talent from across the border with a record number of interstate recruits among its latest graduating class of 71 custodial officers.

The newest employees will be recognised at an attestation ceremony tomorrow at Wellington Correctional Centre tomorrow after successfully completing 10 weeks of intensive training at the facility. 

The officers will make history by being among the first in the state to work in the new high-tech Rapid-Build Prison, Macquarie Correctional Centre, which will open later this year next to the existing centre in the state's Central West.

Corrective Services NSW Assistant Commissioner Mark Wilson said some of the recruits had relocated from other states including Victoria and Queensland, to commence their careers in NSW.

"Our new employees were sourced from a nationwide talent pool to complete their Certificate III in Correctional Practice and to learn the skills required for a challenging and rewarding career working within the state's prisons," Mr Wilson said.

"The role of an officer is a vital one and some of our recruits have eagerly crossed the border to take advantage of the world-class training and career development opportunities we provide."

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the graduates come from diverse backgrounds and are determined to make a positive contribution to the criminal justice system.

"I congratulate the new staff members who are about to commence an important role, where they will work together to make our community a safer one," Mr Severin said.

"The officers are varied in age, cultural background and previous employment, bringing a variety of life experiences, which will enhance and strengthen the culture of our organisation.

"They are well prepared for the challenges that await them in their new roles and should be proud of what they have achieved so far and what they will achieve next."

CSNSW Assistant Commissioner James Koulouris said Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy provides the best operational and custodial training in the world.

"Being a custodial officer can be a difficult job and our graduates undergo superior training to ensure that when they leave the academy they are leaving with the underpinning knowledge, practical skills and confidence required to overcome whatever challenges may arise," said Mr Koulouris.

Graduates will also be placed at Wellington Correctional Centre and the minimum-security facility at Brewarrina, in the state's northwest.

The 400-bed maximum security Rapid-Build Prison at Wellington is a new direction for Corrective Services NSW as it's the first 'barracks style' prison in the state.