New correctional officers improve community safety in Maryborough
• 14 new Custodial Correctional Officers join the frontline of public safety
• Five officers recognised with prestigious National Medal
• Officers equipped with the highest level of training, skills and support to work on the frontline of reducing re-offending
Queensland Corrective Services inducted 14 Custodial Correctional Officers (CCO) to the frontline of public safety in Maryborough on Thursday 24 August.
Joined by family and friends, the new officers were recognised for their achievement after completing a paid 10-week Custodial Officer Entry Program. The 14 graduates will be posted to Maryborough Correctional Centre in coming days.
The ceremony also recognised five officers who received the coveted National Medal in recognition of 15 or more years of services in a frontline public safety agency.
There are many career paths the top-tier public safety agency offers including CCOs, trade instructors, dog squad officers, psychologists, counsellors, cultural liaison officers and administrative roles, all of which play a vital role in managing and rehabilitating prisoners to keep communities safe.
Quotes attributable to Eloise Hamlett ACM, Assistant Commissioner, Central and Northern Region QCS:
“Congratulations to all our correctional officers and experienced officers today for their commitment and service to frontline public safety.
“Today’s graduates come from different walks of life with different life experiences, and are equipped with the highest level of training, skills and support to enable them to perform their roles safely and effectively while working closely alongside our established officers.
“Queensland Corrective Services is an essential part of our criminal justice system, delivering innovative, effective, evidence-based correctional services, which contribute to a safer Queensland.”
Quotes attributable to Chief Superintendent Kris Winter ACM, General Manager, Maryborough Correctional Centre, QCS:
“We welcome and congratulate today’s 14 new Custodial Correctional Officers to Maryborough and our experienced officers for their commitment in helping to keep communities safe.
“Our officers are our greatest asset, and we strive to ensure they are supported as they carry out their often-unseen duties.
“We are extremely proud of all our officers who make public safety the priority every day, striving to ensure prisoners and offenders are less likely to return to crime.”
Queensland Corrective Services has launched a new careers page online. For more information and to find out how to join the top-tier public safety agency head to: Careers | Queensland Corrective Services (corrections.qld.gov.au).
• The total remuneration package for a QCS Custodial Correctional Officer ranges from $81,645 to $117,152 which includes base salary plus allowances and employer superannuation contributions. CCOs work a compressed seven-day fortnight.
• Eligible candidates who relocate from interstate or South East Queensland to Capricornia, Townsville or Lotus Glen Correctional Centres may also be eligible for a relocation assistance package up to the value of $7,000.
• The National Medal, introduced in 1975, is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal.
• The medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations who risk their lives to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.