SCOTT STEWART MP
Member for Townsville
09 March 2017
LONG SERVING CORRECTIONS OFFICERS PROVE IDEAL ROLE MODELS FOR NEW GRADUATES
The outstanding commitment to keep Queenslanders safe by Corrective Services staff was exemplified for the latest custodial officer graduates in Townsville today.
While welcoming 26 new graduates, Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart also presented long service medals to a number of officers from the Townsville Correctional Centre.
QCS awards long service medals to staff after they reach the 15-year, 25-year and 35-year landmarks.
“It is a real achievement to attain any of those milestones and all of those staff members who received medals today are a great asset to corrective services,” Scott Stewart said.
“Their long-serving commitment to community safety and prisoner rehabilitation should be applauded”
He said those officers were excellent role models for the new graduates, who will start work shortly at the Townsville Correctional Centre.
The 26 new graduates join the ranks of 44 graduates from south-east Queensland who graduated yesterday and on top of 51 new officers who joined QCS in the last two months of 2016.
The graduates spent 364 hours of intensive training, including two weeks’ experience inside a correctional centre, to prepare for the role.
“The officers who graduated today will contribute to not only keeping the community safe, but also assist with the rehabilitation of the prisoners under their supervision,” QCS Commissioner Mark Rallings said.
“The training places great emphasis on staff safety through the delivery of sessions about officer safety, situational awareness and communication, behavioural awareness and de-escalation techniques.”
Custodial officers are required to demonstrate honesty, integrity and professionalism and must be committed to community safety and crime prevention through the humane containment, supervision and rehabilitation of offenders.