AFTER all the hard work, it was time for a bit of pomp and ceremony for the state's latest correctional officers when they gathered in the shadow of Mount Panorama recently.
The 28 graduating trainee officers were on the grounds of Charles Sturt University Bathurst for an attestation ceremony.
It followed three months of intensive on-campus training at CSU for the Class of 19/031.
Assistant Commissioner (Custodial Corrections) Kevin Corcoran was joined by dignitaries including Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and mayor Bobby Bourke for the graduation ceremony, which included an inspection parade featuring the new recruits.
Mr Toole told the gathering it was an exciting time to join Corrective Services NSW.
"There are many developments taking place across the state and, of course, here in Bathurst, the expansion of the Bathurst Correctional Centre is progressing well," he said.
"We are looking forward to the $160 million development coming online in May and that will add a new 220-bed prison wing to the local facility."
He said up to 150 subcontractors had been employed on the expansion since August 2018 and "about 95 jobs will be created upon completion of the project".