26 September 2023

Corrections staff honoured with awards

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More than 200 correctional staff have been recognised for their exceptional performances as part of the National Corrections Day (20 January) celebrations.

Thanking the staff of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW), Minister for Corrections, Geoff Lee said the annual National Corrections Day was an opportunity to applaud the vital work corrections staff did to rehabilitate offenders and keep the community safe.

Dr Lee said Assistant Commissioner and Director Commendations were awarded to staff across the organisation for their professionalism and commitment to innovation, offender welfare and rehabilitation.

He said the State’s custodial officers, Community Corrections staff, industries workers, psychologists and programs officers, Security and Intelligence, and administration staff were among those acknowledged.

“We rally around our exceptional Corrective Services NSW staff and give them a well-deserved pat on the back for keeping our prisons and communities safe while simultaneously working towards reducing re-offending,” Dr Lee said.

“CSNSW staff juggle a lot at once, including working face-to-face with offenders in custody and the community, collaborating with various units within corrections, and liaising and connecting with other Government and non-government agencies too.”

Acting Commissioner of CSNSW, Luke Grant applauded the efforts of the Service’s staff, thanking them for what could at times be a dangerous job.

“I’m incredibly proud of our staff – our multi-disciplinary team – who work together every day to ensure our correctional system remains one of the best in the world,” Mr Grant said.

“Corrections staff don’t get enough recognition, so being able to publicly recognise them today is an honour,” he said.

“I hope National Corrections Day gives the entire workforce a morale boost and helps them to know how appreciated they are.”

Corrections Day was established by CSNSW in 2017 before it was also adopted nationally by New Zealand in 2018.

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