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Friday 3 February 2017
More than 20 new graduates have been sworn into the ranks of the state's correctional officers after undertaking 10 weeks of intensive training at the South Coast Correctional Centre in Nowra.
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 for Governance and Continuous Improvement James Koulouris said the CSNSW Academy through the South Coast Correctional Centre, in the Shoalhaven, offered a wide range of courses on topics essential to work as a custodial officer.
"Being a correctional officer can be very challenging one and this important operational training helps equip our new recruits with the skills they need to face some of the more difficult situations," Mr Koulouris said.
"Training locally means we can provide more attractive employment opportunities in this area".
"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".
To attain their Certificate III in Correctional Practice, the new officers took part in scenario-based activities and assessments designed to ensure they are ready to work in the state's correctional facilities.
Governor Mick Reid said the recruits come from a variety of backgrounds, including the military, veterinary nursing, hospitality, and law.
"The experience they bring with them will enrich the organisation," Mr Reid said.
"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 frontline of Corrective Services NSW."
The trainees, who came from the Shoalhaven, Goulburn and Southern Highlands will work at correctional centres at Nowra, Goulburn, metropolitan Sydney, Cessnock and Glen Innes.