University students, tradespeople and childcare workers are among the latest officers to join the Corrective Services NSW family.
The group of 24 was sworn in at an attestation ceremony at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst on Friday after 10 weeks of intensive training.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said recruits were required to complete scenario-based training to better prepare them for the challenges they will face working in the correctional environment.
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"Being a correctional officer is an intense job and our new recruits are provided world-class training to ensure they can confidently step into their new roles and deliver absolute best practice," Mr Severin said.
"These officers have undertaken weeks of intensive training to attain their Certificate III in Correctional Practice, which covers many theoretical components including legislation and policy, as well as the practical application of the work skills required in the custodial environment."
As part of their training, recruits conducted a search operation in conjunction with Bathurst's Immediate Action Team and completed weapons and officer survival training at Lithgow.
They were also exposed to chemical agents to provide them with an understanding of other options available to correctional officers in the management of serious incidents.
Assistant Commissioner Custodial Corrections Kevin Corcoran PSM said the group would bring a wealth of life experiences to their new roles.
"The new recruits come from a variety of backgrounds and prior employment including university students, tradespeople, retail workers, childcare workers, and ex-servicemen," Mr Corcoran said.
"The diversity in personality, skills and life experience will enrich our organisation and make us even more dynamic.
"These officers should be very proud of what they have achieved so far and what they will go on to achieve in the future."
The officers will work at a number of correctional centres across the state.
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