Today (Friday, January 17) marks National Corrections Day which celebrated the 10,000 correctional staff in NSW - and the 25,000 frontline officers across Australia including of course staff at Lithgow Correctional Centre.
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Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts said the 'We Are Family' theme this year focuses on the camaraderie of Corrective Services NSW.
"Correctional staff do vital work rehabilitating offenders, in an environment that is often challenging and volatile," Mr Roberts said.
"Every day they work together like one big family, to support one another and meet the challenges of the job.
"We saw this just recently during the bushfire emergency, as staff banded together to assist each other and their communities.
"Like all families they have different characters and perspectives, but it's critical in a correctional environment that they come together to work as a close-knit team - and I'm proud to say Corrective Services NSW staff do a fantastic job of that."
Staff in Lithgow and across the state will be holding morning teas and lunches, and raising funds for chosen charities, including NSW RFS, Australian Red Cross and the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
Corrections staff, like many others, were affected by the recent bushfires and many also are NSWRFS and SES volunteers.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin praised staff for their dedication to their work and commitment to their communities. "I'm proud to say our corrections staff are some of the world's best," Mr Severin said.
Corrections is a tough environment and our staff are performing difficult work, which is mostly unseen by the rest of our community.- Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts
"Corrections is a tough environment and our staff are performing difficult work, which is mostly unseen by the rest of our community.
"Our teams work closely together and are also committed to their communities, fundraising and assisting in times of need."
Corrective Services NSW employs 10,000 staff including custodial officers, security and intelligence officers, inmate services and programs staff, psychologists and parole officers.
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