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National Corrections Day celebrates Australia's correctional officers

The first National Corrections Day is Friday, 19 January 2018

Publication date: Friday, 12 January 2018

Australia's correctional officers have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. It's a job that requires dedication, bravery and commitment.

And the dedication, bravery and commitment of correctional officers across the country – and across the Tasman – will be recognised when the first National Corrections Day is celebrated next Friday, 19 January 2018.

Correctional officers work with offenders in prison, on parole and those who are serving sentences in the community. Corrections Day is a great opportunity to learn about what goes on beyond the prison walls and the doors of Community Corrections offices.

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) established Corrections Day in 2017 as a way of acknowledging staff and giving the community a better understanding of corrections officers' work. The event gained momentum and this year other Australian states and territories and New Zealand will celebrate their officers' work on Friday.

NSW Attorney General and Acting Corrections Minister Mark Speakman is thrilled that every Australian state and territory as well as our New Zealand neighbours have decided to celebrate National Corrections Day together.

"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," Mr Speakman said.

Corrective Services NSW Commission Peter Severin said that National Corrections Day deserves to be as big as it has become.

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

CSNSW employs more than 8,000 staff, including 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.

Above: Correctional Officers with Corrective Services NSW. Correctional Officers throughout Australia and New Zealand will be celebrated on the first National Corrections Day, Friday, 19 January 2018.