New recruits graduate Fri 21 September 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection The Minister for Corrections, Nick McKim, today presented graduation certificates to 12 new Correctional Officers who have just completed comprehensive training. Mr McKim said the new Correctional Officers were joining the Tasmania Prison Service at a time of significant reform. "It is an exciting time for motivated people to be part of that reform, to ensure we provide a safer workplace and a safer community," Mr McKim said. "The twelve recruits have undergone 10 weeks of extensive training and have all demonstrated their commitment and professionalism in what can be a very challenging and rewarding working environment. "Maintaining the high standard of staff at the Prison will also help us rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them for their release. "Correctional Officers have the responsibility to maintain security, manage prisoners and be positive role models every day." Mr McKim said the Tasmania Prison Service was focused on best practice and continuous improvement which was being achieved through ongoing learning, professional development and increased training opportunities. "People join the Prison Service because they want to make a positive contribution to Corrections and the society that we all live in," he said. "Only applicants who possess qualities of dedication, hard work, and professionalism are successful in gaining positions." Mr McKim also thanked the dedicated training team who worked tirelessly to deliver one of the most comprehensive recruit induction programs in corrective services in Australia. He also presented two long service awards to staff for both completing 25 years of Service and an award for exemplary conduct to a Correctional Officer.