- First National Corrections Day
- Recognises the critical role corrections staff play in helping make the WA community safer
- Initiative is endorsed by all corrective services' jurisdictions across Australia
For the first time, Western Australia's corrections officers have been publically recognised throughout the State for the important role they play in helping keep our community safe.
It is also the first time the entire nation has come together to recognise the significant contribution that corrections officers and department staff make in managing serious offenders in very challenging environments.
The National Corrections Day recognises the hard work, skill, dedication and contribution corrective services staff make to keep our prisons operating safely and securely, to rehabilitate prisoners, to manage community-based orders and to help young people return to the right path.
Corrections staff not only include prison officers, but also vocational support officers who help prisoners learn real-world qualifications that can assist them find employment on their release and stop cycles of crime.
The day also recognises adult community corrections officers who closely monitor and manage offenders in the community, and youth justice officers who work tirelessly with complex and challenging youth to try to keep them on the right path.
To celebrate their work and the efforts of the other staff across our jails and departmental offices, a number of events will be held including morning teas, barbecues and breakfasts involving staff and key stakeholders.
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"I have visited every prison in Western Australia and 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.
"There is also the work outside our jails and juvenile detention centre that often goes unsung.
"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.
"We would be lost without them all.
"Our prisons are tough environments and the overcrowding of our jails under the previous Liberal National Government created serious issues that we are working through.
"I would like to thank the staff that have been working in those trying conditions, and for their service to Western Australia in keeping our communities safe."
Minister's office - 6552 6300