More than 25,000 frontline correctional officers across Australia including 11,000 correctional staff in NSW will be celebrated today for their tireless commitment to reducing reoffending and keeping communities safe.
Minister for Corrections Geoff Lee said Corrective Services NSW staff deserve recognition for the difficult and often dangerous work they perform.
“National Corrections Day is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the exceptional work of corrections staff that often goes unnoticed by the community,” Mr Lee said.
“They work extremely hard to keep our prisons and communities safe particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide offenders with training and education opportunities to encourage meaningful behavior change and help reduce the risk of reoffending.”
CSNSW Commissioner Kevin Corcoran thanked staff for their professionalism, ingenuity, and commitment to helping offenders and reducing reoffending.
“Our staff are world-class and deserve public recognition for their incredible work, particularly for their ability to adapt and respond to challenging situations,” Mr Corcoran said.
“They serve the community every day by operating our correctional facilities, running behaviour-change programs, linking offenders with support services and providing opportunities for education and training.”
The 2022 National Corrections Day theme is ‘Giving Back’, highlighting the ways CSNSW staff go beyond the call of duty to protect the community, fundraise for charities, volunteer and contribute to vital community projects and partnerships.
CSNSW includes about 6,300 custodial officers, 1,800 Community Corrections staff, 800 industries workers, 900 psychologists and programs officers, 1,100 Security and Intelligence staff and 200 administrative support staff.
Corrections Day was established by Corrective Services NSW in 2017 before it was adopted nationally and by New Zealand in 2018.