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​Twenty-five new graduates join the ranks of Corrective Services NSW

Issued: Thursday, 9 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 Bathurst Correctional Centre.

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 Bathurst Correctional Centre, in the Central Tablelands, 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 Mark Kennedy said the recruits come from a variety of backgrounds, including the military, mining, business, and hospitality.

“The experience they bring with them will enrich the organisation,” Mr Kennedy 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 around the state, will work at correctional centres at Bathurst, Cooma, St Heliers, Broken Hill and Glen Innes.