New prison officers report for duty as first two squads of 2014 graduate

ARARAT - Corrections Victoria has welcomed 44 new prison officers to the corrections system at a graduation ceremony at Trawalla's Langi Kal Kal Prison this week.

Deputy Corrections Commissioner Rod Wise said the new recruits will work across Langi Kal Kal Prison and Ararat's Hopkins Correctional Centre, both of which are undergoing major expansions.

"Our prison system has a long and proud history, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome the next generation of prison officers into the system," Mr Wise said.

"These officers will protect and uphold the security and integrity of the corrections system, while also working with offenders to help reduce the likelihood of them reoffending once they return to the community."

The new recruits come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including retail, farming, nursing and mining, and from a range of cultural backgrounds.

All officers have completed Corrections Victoria's rigorous training and assessment program, which covers security processes, conflict resolution, in-prison programs, reporting procedures, and emergency and risk management.

"They will draw on their life experience and their training to manage the day-to-day operations of the prison system," Mr Wise said.

Mr Wise said Corrections Victoria was embarking on a major recruitment drive to support the ongoing expansion of Victoria's prison system.

A total of 980 prison beds have opened since the start of 2011, with more than 2,600 in the pipeline.

Major expansions are being delivered at Marngoneet, Metropolitan Remand Centre and Loddon Prison, with extra beds being added at other prisons across Victoria.

Mr Wise said Department of Justice employees, including graduate prison officers, were provided with ongoing professional development and training, access to employee assistance programs and recreation facilities.

"Our staff work in interesting and rewarding environments," he said.

Corrections Victoria was looking to hire people with life experience and sound communication skills, along with individuals who have experience in trades and services.

Anyone interested in a career in corrections should visit cvcareers.com.au to find out more.

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