Parklea welcomes first graduates for the year

Parklea welcomes first graduates for the year

Parklea Correctional Centre has today welcomed 35 new officers at the first swearing-in ceremony for 2023.

Parklea Acting Governor Brian Gurney said he was pleased to swear in the highest number of graduates MTC Australia had recruited in one intake, in a concerted effort to increase officer numbers and continue to run a safe, decent and secure facility.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome new officers into corrections as they play an important role in keeping the community safe and help reduce reoffending,” Mr Gurney said.

“After more than 25 years in the industry, I have found it to be a rewarding career and no day is the same.

“Parklea officers are as diverse as the community they serve, coming from varying fields, broad age ranges, and many different cultural backgrounds, which is what makes Parklea strong and unique.

“This enables us to work with inmates from similarly diverse cultures and backgrounds in what is often a challenging and dynamic environment.

“Our new officers now have the opportunity to embark on a satisfying career and make a difference through MTC’s decency and respect principles and BIONIC (Believe it or Not I Care) philosophy.”

The new officers are made up of 19 men and 16 women and range in age from 21 to 51. They also have diverse cultural backgrounds and employment histories, including retail, warehousing and a chef.

Mr Gurney said the new recruits had undertaken a rigorous 10-week training program, which covered subjects such as policies and procedures, de-escalation and use of force tactics, mental health and general first aid. They also participated in simulated search and emergency response exercises and weapons training.

“Our Initial Training Course provides new recruits with the knowledge, skills and values they need to safely and professionally respond to a variety of situations and manage people with different needs,” Mr Gurney said.

“I’m delighted to welcome our new officers into the Parklea family and I look forward to working with them.”

Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby said he was pleased to personally congratulate the graduates at the ceremony and talk to officers about the essential service they provide for the community behind prison walls.

“Today’s graduates join the more than 10,000 men and women who work in correctional facilities and community corrections across the state and I’m pleased to welcome them into the justice sector,” Mr Kirby said.

“Corrections staff play an important role in helping inmates break the cycle of reoffending by supporting them with various rehabilitation programs, training and work opportunities.

“Parklea inmates are able to gain skills in a number of on-site workshops teaching cabinetry, metalwork, and printing, along with behavioural programs to address the issues that may have contributed to their offending.

“These initiatives play an important role to reduce reoffending, and would not be possible without the tireless work and commitment made by the men and women who work in corrections.

“I wish the new officers a long and successful career and that their efforts make a positive impact on inmates.” This is the twelfth graduating class since MTC began operating Parklea Correctional Centre on behalf of Corrective Services NSW in 2019.

To apply to become a correctional officer, go to: https://www.mtctrains.com.au/careers/

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