Today nine custodial and non-custodial Corrections staff from New Plymouth Prison were recognised with long service awards. The staff received awards for seven, 14 and 21 years with the Department.
“Corrections staff play an important role in making our communities safer by reducing re-offending. It can be a demanding role requiring immense dedication. To have a number of staff who have been with the Department for these number of years is extraordinary and I am delighted to be part of recognising that dedication and the support of their families,” says Prison Manager Peter Madsen.
“It is so important that we have events to recognise these staff. Their dedication to the Department means we are retaining invaluable organisational knowledge and experience and that needs to be acknowledged. I thank each and every one of today’s recipients for the work they do and also for the advice and guidance they provide to the staff we have joining the Department. Corrections offers a variety of rewarding careers it is great to see that demonstrated first hand through the staff we are honoring today.”
The award ceremony was held in New Plymouth and attended by Corrections staff, family and friends of the recipients, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young, New Plymouth Police Area Commander Fiona Prestidge and local iwi representatives.
The awards are issued under authority delegated by Her Majesty the Queen, under Royal Warrant. The New Zealand Prison Service medal is granted for long service to Custodial Staff. In 2005 it was decided to also recognise non-custodial long serving staff with Departmental badges.
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