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2 October, 2021

Officers commence new roles at Lotus

A HOST of locals will now put months of training into practice after being sworn in as newly graduated Correctional Officers at a recent ceremony in Mareeba.

By Michael Warren

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre trainers Michael Morrison, Linda Roy and Carmelo Salerno with centre Superintendent Gabrielle Payne (third from left) at the recent Correctional Offi cer ceremony in Mareeba.

A HOST of locals will now put months of training into practice after being sworn in as newly graduated Correctional Officers at a recent ceremony in Mareeba.

The 16 officers started their new positions at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre last Monday after completing 380 hours of training over a 10-week period at the same facility where they are now employed. 

The incoming officers learnt an array of new skills for the role including control and restraint, off ender management, behavioral management, communication, weapons training, legislation, and policies and procedures. 

“We’re really proud of the recruits, they’ve undertaken a lot of training to get to where they are now and we look forward to welcoming them at the facility over the next few days,” Chief Superintendent general manager of Lotus Glen Correctional Centre Gabrielle Payne said. 

The search continues for more people to take on similar roles within the centre.

“If anyone from any walk of life has an interest in joining QLD Correctional Services and being involved in a frontline public safety position we are looking for 66 further officers,” Ms Payne said. 

“We also have a range of other positions available across the centre as well.” 

Ms Payne said there are some key skills that make a capable Correctional Officer. 

“A good Correctional Officer is someone who can communicate really well with people,” she said.

“Communication is really fundamental in this type of position and the core principle of being able to perform the required duties of the role.”

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