Corrections staff from the Northern Region gathered at the Te Kauwhata Rugby Clubrooms today to celebrate the achievements of twenty five staff members receiving long service awards.
Awards were given to staff with seven, twenty-one, and twenty-eight years of continuous employment with Corrections. Custodial and management staff as well as Corrections Inmate Employment instructors received recognition for their service at the ceremony.
Mayor of Waikato District Council, His Worship Peter Harris presented the awards, and Northern Regional Manager Warren Cummins hosted the ceremony.
“I’d like to congratulate today’s Long Service Award recipients, and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to our overall objective of keeping the community safe,” says Mr Cummins.
“Long serving staff are important in an organisation like ours. Their experience is invaluable in dealing with the many challenges prisoners can pose and in helping new staff adjust to a working environment that is like no other.”
“There is a lot of misunderstanding about the role that Corrections Officers play, and our staff are often working in what can be a volatile environment with little recognition from the public for the work that they do. Despite this our staff are dedicated and professional, and these are certainly two qualities that are evident in the staff members that we are celebrating today,” says Mr Cummins.
“These staff continually demonstrate Corrections’ core PRIDE values – Professionalism, Responsiveness, Integrity, Diversity and Effectiveness.”
“The strength of any organisation lies in its people, I want to recognise recipients and congratulate them again on their hard work.”
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