Western Australia’s corrections officers have been publicly recognised for the first time, for their hard work, skill, dedication and contributions in helping keep our communities safe, with an inaugural National Corrections Day.
Corrections officers and department staff are also being recognised for their significant role in managing serious offenders in very challenging environments, keeping our prisons safe and secure, rehabilitating prisoners and helping young people return to the right path.
Vocational support officers, who help prisoners learn real-work qualifications that can assist them in finding employment on their release, are also among the corrections staff being recognised.
“Our adult community corrections teams and juvenile justice teams are the ones who work daily with extremely complex and challenging individuals on community-based orders or on strict parole conditions,”
Corrective Services Minister, Fran Logan, said upon visiting every prison in Western Australia he met some extraordinary people who work in circumstances that many would find extremely challenging.
“Whether it’s keeping some of the State’s worst offenders secure, or helping prisoners get back on the straight and narrow by teaching them trade qualifications, their passion for the job is evident,” he said.
The National Corrections Day celebrates the work and efforts of all staff, and will be all awarded a medal on January 26th.
Mr Logan thanks the staff for their services and contributions.
“There is also the work outside our jails and juvenile detention centre that often goes unsung,”
“We would be lost without them all,” he said.