A DAY TO GIVE THANKS TO OUR REGION’S CORRECTIONAL STAFF
National Corrections Day will be marked in the region today, celebrating the 9,000 correctional staff in NSW - and the 25,000 frontline officers across Australia – who are working with offenders and keeping the community safe.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the day was a good opportunity to thank the region’s correctional staff, who played a crucial role in keeping the community safe at Community Corrections offices and Tamworth Correctional Centre.
“Corrections officers are our family members, friends and neighbours, and they go to work every day to not only do an important and difficult job.
“These officers show bravery, dedication and commitment that should be formally commended because they are the unsung heroes of our communities, working tirelessly to rehabilitate offenders and keep us safe.
“Corrective Services NSW employs 9,000 staff across the state, including custodial officers, security and intelligence officers, industry overseers, inmate services and programs staff, psychologists and Community Corrections officers.
“The theme for this year’s National Corrections Day is aimed at highlighting the work officers do overseeing inmates in prison industries and supervising offenders on community-service work.
“Prison industries and community-service work crews have returned about $28 million in the past financial year to correctional centre operating budgets and to community areas across the state.
“There are 1,600 Community Corrections officers supervising offenders on parole and on court-ordered community-service work, which contributes about $15 million annually worth of unpaid jobs for more than 560 non-profit organisations,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The state’s 650 Corrective Services Industries overseers manage inmates in a range of prison industries and in the past financial year have made a net contribution of $13 million, which is injected back into prisons to reduce the cost of operations.