New correctional officers improve community safety in South East Queensland
- 30 new Custodial Correctional Officers join the frontline of public safety.
- Queensland Corrective Services offers many career paths.
- Officers equipped with the highest level of training, skills and support.
Queensland Corrective Services inducted 30 Custodial Correctional Officers (CCO) to the frontline of public safety on Wednesday 31 May working to reduce reoffending to keep Queenslanders safe.
Joined by family and friends, the new officers were recognised for their achievement after completing a paid 10-week Custodial Officer Entry Program.
The 30 graduates will be posted to Arthur Gorrie, Brisbane, Borallon, Southern Queensland, Woodford Correctional Centres and the Escort and Security Branch.
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.
Representing the Minister for Police and Corrective Services, and the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mr Mark Ryan MP, the Member for Mount Ommaney Ms Jessica Pugh MP attended the ceremony to congratulate the new graduates.
Quotes attributable to Jessica Pugh, Member for Mount Ommaney:
“Congratulations to our new graduates for completing the rigorous training program to uphold public safety and ensure prisoners and offenders are less likely to return to crime.
“We are incredibly proud of every one of our officers for the difference they make in our community and their dedication and commitment to their role in keeping the public safe.”
Quotes attributable to Mr Paul Stewart APM, Commissioner, Queensland Corrective Services:
“Corrections is challenging work, but our officers are equipped with the highest level of training, skills, and support to enable them to perform their roles safely and effectively.
“Every interaction, whether it’s finding contraband or helping to educate prisoners, is an opportunity to address offending behaviour and to improve the vocational and life skills of prisoners, assisting in their rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community.”
- For more information about Queensland Corrective Services and to find out how to join the front line 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.