QCS welcomes largest intake of new recruits in over 10 years

QCS officers provide essential front-line services to serve Queensland, which is why we are proud to welcome over 160 new recruits over the coming weeks who will join the ranks of QCS.

In the past week, more than 80 new recruits commenced the Custodial Officer Entry Program at the QCS Academy in Brisbane; and in the next few weeks another 80 will follow – the largest intake in more than 10 years.

Across regional Queensland, there are large numbers of training intakes underway, including: Townsville Correctional Centre, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Maryborough Correctional Centre and Capricornia Correctional Centre – which recently experienced a record number of recruits joining as custodial officers.

Deputy Commissioner James Koulouris said that while we were in a challenging chapter in our history, community safety is more important than ever, and QCS is continuing its biggest recruitment activity in its history.

“QCS is not slowing down its recruitment efforts and will continue to welcome recruits from a multitude of backgrounds who would like to be part of a family who serves and protects its community and people,” said Deputy Commissioner Koulouris.

“The safety and well-being of our officers and their families is of the utmost importance to us and our recruitment and training activities are being conducted in compliance with the Government’s protocols surrounding COVID-19.”

“For example, new social distancing conventions require us to conduct essential training differently with reduced class sizes, additional trainers, the potential to split groups into morning and afternoon sessions if needed, reshuffling the curriculum to ensure the recruits are receiving the most critical training early in the course, and increased hygiene protocols.”

Despite the new challenges COVD-19 is presenting, QCS continues working on ensuring public safety and will continue to recruit new officers to meet current and future operational challenges.

As always, if you have family or friends who are interested in joining QCS to contribute to this important community services, encourage them to visit www.corrections.qld.gov.au for information on becoming a Custodial Correctional Officer.

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