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​Australia to celebrate its frontline correctional staff

Publication date: Friday, 12 January 2018

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The work of the country’s correctional officers, who work with offenders in prison and on parole, will be recognised and celebrated at the inaugural National Corrections Day next Friday 19 January.

The initiative was established by Corrective Services NSW last year to acknowledge staff and provide the community with a better understanding of the challenging and often dangerous work our officers do to keep our prisons and communities safe and secure.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the event gained momentum and has since been adopted by other states and territories, and even New Zealand, who will all be marking the day on 19 January 2018.

“These women and men are the unsung heroes of our communities, working tirelessly to rehabilitate offenders and keep us safe,” Mr Severin said.

“It can be a difficult job and a dangerous job at times, and our officers show bravery, dedication and commitment that should be formally commended.

“The event deserves to be as big as it has now become – a national day that pays homage to the frontline staff who make an important contribution to keeping our communities safe.”

CSNSW will mark National Corrections Day with a special event on Friday 19 January at its Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy at Eastwood in Sydney’s north west, featuring dog displays, the CSNSW band and prison officer training-demonstrations.

NSW Attorney General and Acting Corrections Minister Mark Speakman said the overwhelming positive response to last year’s event meant others decided to follow suit.

“We started this day knowing that it was absolutely necessary for staff to be recognised and for the public to see the work that is being done behind the walls of prisons or the doors of Community Corrections offices,” Mr Speakman said.

“I am thrilled that every state and territory in the country, as well as our neighbours in New Zealand, watched on and have now decided to jump on board, turning this event into a nationally recognised day.
“Together we’ll be applauding staff for the tremendous job they do protecting the community, rehabilitating inmates and working to reduce reoffending, day in day out.”

CSNSW employs more than 8,000 staff. These include 5,140 custodial officers, services and programs staff and psychologists as well as nearly 500 overseers at the 36 correctional centres across the state. Almost 1,400 Community Corrections officers are employed at the 66 main offices and seven satellite offices in NSW.