26 September 2023

Corrections key in new training program

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Queensland Corrections Service (QCS) has entered a partnership with Griffith University to develop an innovative training curriculum.

QCS said the new curriculum will fulfil the key recommendations of the Queensland Parole System Review (QPSR).

Leader of the QPSR program, Deputy Commissioner Community Corrections and Specialist Operations, Paul Stewart said the partnership would ensure QCS officers were well equipped to undertake their critical role in crime prevention and ensuring community safety.

“This curriculum is an investment in our exceptional and dedicated workforce, who work with the most difficult and challenging members of society every day to keep our community safe,” Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

“Griffith University is recognised as a world leader in the criminology field and has the largest community of criminologists in Australia, including many of our own officers.”

He said the university would work alongside the Community Corrections Training team at the QCS Academy, whose role was to encourage superior community corrections practices that enhanced public safety and prevented reoffending.

“The project will support the effective case management of offenders through a new evidenced-based practice curriculum, including structured on-the-job training, specialised education for specific roles, and professional development,” Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

“Although the project is focused on Community Corrections, many of the developed training modules will benefit officers across the Agency.”

Deputy Commissioner Stewart said the announcement accompanied the recruitment of additional senior training officers to support the project’s delivery and ongoing officer training.

“We are looking for senior training officers to help shape the future of QCS as a world leader in corrections at the forefront of best practice,” he said.

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