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​Raising the bars of a new prison career

Published date: Friday 1 June 2018

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A former retail worker and a miner are among the latest officers to join Corrective Services NSW as part of a major recruitment blitz to improve the state’s prison system and reduce reoffending.

The group of 23 graduated at a ceremony at the Wellington Correctional Centre today after 10 weeks of intensive training.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said new recruits were needed as part of a prison expansion program and investment in reducing reoffending.

“It is one of the largest recruitment drives in the department’s history,” Mr Elliott said.

“That means more custodial officers on the ground, more psychologists, more Community Corrections officers and more training staff among other roles.

“They all have the same goal of reducing reoffending to ensure a safer environment both in the prison and out there in the community.”

Additionally, new construction jobs are being created through the $3.8 billion Prison Bed Capacity Program.

There will be expansions of facilities in Bathurst, Cessnock, South Windsor, Kempsey, Nowra and the privately-run Parklea and Junee correctional centres as well as a new 1,700 bed prison at Grafton.

New recruits will be graduating at Cessnock and Brush Farm later this year.

Assistant Commissioner for Governance and Continuous Improvement James Koulouris said world-class operational training is provided to our recruits to ensure they can confidently step into their new roles.

“Supervising and interacting with offenders can be challenging at times, however correctional staff play a vital role in the justice system and make an enormous contribution to the safety of the NSW community,” Mr Koulouris said.

“Today’s new recruits come from a variety of backgrounds and prior employments including university students, IT specialists, aged care workers and security personnel which adds diversity to our expanding organisation.

“In the past, we have had international delegations and graduates from interstate attend our training programs, which are a testament to the quality of training we provide.”

The officers will be placed at various regional locations.

For more information, visit: http://www.careers.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/our-roles/corrections-careers/corrections-careers.aspx

New recruits get sworn in