The fourth annual National Corrections Day will be marked next Friday (15 January) to recognise the efforts of the state’s 10,000 corrections staff who work year-round with offenders to keep our communities safe.
This year’s focus on Working together to reduce reoffending highlights the important work correctional officers undertake to ensure people in custody are provided with the necessary skills and support to assist them in making a successful reintegration when they’re released.
Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections Anthony Roberts said corrections officers were the unsung heroes of the community.
“Our officers face a tough and sometimes dangerous job each day and their efforts mostly go unnoticed by the community, so National Corrections Day is an opportunity to recognise their valuable contribution,” Mr Roberts said.
“Corrective Services NSW staff work together across divisions to provide more opportunities for therapeutic programs, education, training and other interventions to reduce reoffending.
“Our staff also form meaningful partnerships with government and non-government organisations to enhance offender rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.”
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin praised staff for their dedication and ongoing commitment during an especially challenging year.
“I’m proud to say our corrections staff continue to go above and beyond,” Mr Severin said.
“When COVID-19 forced the suspension of visits in March last year, our staff embraced new technologies and increased remote access to programs, education, services, supports and visits, to allow offenders to remain connected.
“Corrections is a tough environment and our staff perform difficult work, so we appreciate their commitment to make a real difference. This day is a fitting tribute to their efforts.”
Corrective Services NSW employs 10,000 staff including custodial officers, security and intelligence officers, inmate services and programs staff, psychologists and parole officers.
Corrections Day was established by Corrective Services NSW in 2017 before it was adopted nationally and by New Zealand in 2018.
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