Fifteen men and women graduated today from the Corrections Initial Training Course, with one of the new recruits receiving special recognition with the Minister’s Excellence Award.
“The Minister’s award acknowledges the leadership qualities, professionalism and the outstanding contribution made by one graduate during their six weeks of training,” says Assistant Regional Manager Ants Howie.
“While there were quite a few candidates for the award in this group, Steven Greer particularly stood out as an exemplary role model to other classmates in dress standard, timekeeping, deportment and dealings with all others including the training staff.
“Not only did Steven continuously display the level of professionalism required of any corrections officer, he also achieved excellent results in all the written tests throughout the training.
“Steven’s willingness to assist others in class with any areas that they may have had issues with is a credit to his sense of teamwork and selfless approach to his own learning. He also has a good sense of humor and used this very effectively and appropriately throughout the training.”
Like his fellow graduates, Steven had to combine the corrections officer training course and studies with his obligations at home; continuing in his role as a father and husband while also tackling his new role.
“Corrections officers play an extremely important part in our society and often their work in making our communities safer is under-recognised. The Minister’s Award is important to acknowledge not just the hard work of those receiving it, but the contribution of all corrections officers,” says Mr Howie.
Clutha District Mayor Juno Hayes presented the award to Steven Greer on behalf of Corrections Minister Hon Judith Collins.
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All 15 graduates from this Initial Training Course will start work soon at Otago Corrections Facility.
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