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New corrections officers improve community safety in Maryborough

Queensland’s newest corrective services officers moved to the frontline of public safety, working to reduce reoffending to keep Maryborough safe.

Nine new custodial correctional officers were sworn into their roles at a Queensland Corrective Services’ (QCS) graduation ceremony in Maryborough.

Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing and Regional Roads and Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders and Maryborough Correctional Centre General Manager, Chief Superintendent Kris Winter, congratulated the graduates who join the forward-thinking agency at an exciting time of transformation and growth.

“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,” Mr Saunders said.

“Correctional officers make public safety the priority every day, striving to ensure prisoners and offenders are less likely to return to crime.

“Every interaction they have 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.”

Chief Superintendent Winter said the new officers were ready to take on the many challenges of working in a correctional centre after successfully completing the paid 10-week Custodial Officer Entry Program.

“Our correctional officers are equipped with the highest level of training, skills and support to enable them to perform their roles safely and effectively,” Ch Supt Winter said.

“We acknowledge their achievement and their commitment to model the key principles of the Corrections 2030 strategy – safety, respect, excellence, empowerment and accountability.”

The nine graduating officers will be posted to Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Ch Supt Winter said Queensland Corrective Services was one of the largest employers in the Wide Bay region and was actively recruiting to fill positions across the State.

The ceremony also acknowledged one of QCS’ most experienced officers who received a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Chief Superintendent Winter said Queensland Corrective Services was actively recruiting to fill positions across the State.

“QCS offers a great opportunity for people throughout Queensland to join a frontline public safety agency and make a real difference to their community,” Ch Supt Winter said.

“There are many career paths in QCS, from custodial correctional officers, trade instructors, dog squad officers, psychologists, social workers and administrative roles, all of which play a vital role in managing and rehabilitating prisoners.”

To find out more about career options in some of the world’s most modern and technologically-advanced prisons, visit corrections.qld.gov.au/careers