The inaugural Corrections Day, on Friday 20 January, takes the community beyond prison walls to hear the stories of the staff of the NSW correctional system.
CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said Corrections Day was an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution of frontline staff, who supervise offenders and keep our community safe.
“Staff of the state’s correctional system – including community corrections and custodial officers – face a tough and often dangerous job each day”, Severin said.
“Our officers’ efforts mostly go unnoticed by the community, because the work they do is behind the walls of prisons or the doors of community corrections offices.”
Minister for Corrections David Elliott said correctional officers face situations that are similar to many other frontline officers, such as police and ambulance officers.
“Prison staff respond to fires in cells, break-up fights between inmates, as well as help address mental health and behavioural issues,” Elliott said.
“They experience things that many of us will never see in a lifetime, but they act efficiently and professionally.”
CSNSW employs more than 4750 custodial officers, around 580 services and programs staff and psychologists as well as nearly 500 overseers at the 35 correctional centres across the state.
More than 1200 community corrections officers are employed at the 58 community corrections offices and seven satellite offices in NSW.
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