New community corrections officers deployed

community corrections officers
Twenty new community corrections officers are being deployed across Queensland, including Bundaberg, after completing the practitioner development program. Photo: Queensland Corrective Services

Twenty new community corrections officers are being deployed across Queensland, including Bundaberg, after completing their training.

Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner, Peter Martin, and the Commissioner of Corrective Services of the Solomon Islands, Gabriel Manelusi, recently welcomed the group and 18 new custodial correctional officers.

The 20 community corrections officers have been posted to Beenleigh, Brisbane Central, Brisbane South, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Ipswich, Mackay, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma, Southport, Thursday Island and Weipa District Offices.

Commissioner Martin welcomed his Solomon Islands counterpart to the graduation.

“We are proud to have Commissioner Manelusi here as part of our international memorandum of understanding with the Corrective Service of the Solomon Islands,” he said

“I welcome Commissioner Manelusi’s visit to see how our world-class corrective services operate in Queensland.

“I am immensely proud to welcome the new officers to the QCS family. I am confident in their ability to meet whatever challenges lie ahead and look forward to serving with them to make Queensland a safer place.

“All QCS officers play a vital role in keeping the public safe and I wish this group of custodial and community corrections officers well in their careers managing some of the most dangerous and complex people in our society.”

Community corrections officers

The role entails:

  • Supervise and manage offenders subject to community-based orders by undertaking direct interaction to ensure reporting and assessment requirements are met;
  • Ensure offenders comply with the conditions of their supervision order in accordance with legislation and operational practice guidelines;
  • Conduct drug testing of offenders and maintain accurate records;
  • Identify risk and respond appropriately, working together with the Queensland Police Service and other government agencies to ensure a high standard of community safety;
  • Compile offender case notes and intervention reports, and ensure the provision of accurate information to the courts, Parole Board Queensland, and other agencies; and
  • Participate in the rehabilitation of offenders through their management and involvement in intervention and community service programs.

For information about careers with Queensland Corrective Services, visit here.