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Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners and for managing them in a way that contributes to reducing re-offending.
Meet Corrections Officer Michelle Brookes
The role is great and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Each day is full on and no two days are the same. I have been a corrections officer for six years and I am still learning something new every day.
Our team looks after female prisoners. And we also run a Mother and Baby Unit. Every day is fully routine-based, needless to say situations can change at the drop of a hat.
We encourage and advise prisoners to attend reintegration training such as parenting, kowhiritanga and employment training.
I am the unit's property officer so I deal with property issues or concerns. I find I also take on an advisory role, which I’m happy to do, you wear a lot of caps in a day.
I enjoy helping the women achieve their sentence plans. Some prisoners are working really hard to get the skills they need to stay out of prison.
I feel very safe in my work, but there’s absolutely no room for complacency.
I would recommend this role to anybody who likes variety in their work and can put their life skills to good use.
Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners and for managing prisoners in a way that contributes to reducing re-offending.
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When you first start a custodial career as a corrections officer you will undergo a comprehensive nine-week training course. This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to work safely in a prison environment.
Seven weeks of the course are residential, usually undertaken at the Corrections staff college in Trentham, Wellington. The other two weeks are spent on-site at the prison where you will be working. After initial training corrections officers are encouraged to undertake further training, which leads to externally recognised qualifications.
Find out the answers to the following questions:
• What is the salary range?
• What are the hours and will I need to do shift work?
• Will I need to wear a uniform?
• What skills and experience do I need to become a corrections officer?
• What training is given?
• I’m not very fit, can I still apply for the role?
• What happens if I fail my fitness test?
• Do I need a driver licence?