Publication date: Friday, 9 September 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 Mid North Coast Correctional Centre.
Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell, local senior representatives from NSW Police and Ambulance, and friends and family gathered at yesterday’s graduation ceremony to witness the milestone.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Wilson PSM said the CSNSW Academy through the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, offered a wide range of courses on topics essential to work as a custodial officer.
“The role of a correctional officer can be a challenging one and this operational training provides our new recruits with the knowledge and skills they need to face a variety of situations,” Mr Wilson said.
“Almost all of the graduates were recruited and trained locally, providing more attractive employment opportunities in the Kempsey Shire.
“The new recruits are following a long tradition and will now embark on a career in corrections that will be rewarding and make our community a safer one.”
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.
Director of Custodial Corrections Glen Scholes said the recruits should be proud of what they have achieved so far and excited for the future.
“The new officers have done a great job over the past 10 weeks and are well-trained, dedicated professionals who will go on to work successfully in challenging environments,” Mr Scholes said.
“They are a diverse group and the skills and life experience they bring with them will enrich the organisation.
“I congratulate the new recruits and look forward to seeing them progress in their careers on the frontline for Corrective Services NSW.”
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.