COMMUNITY Safety Minister Jack Dempsey has welcomed 51 custodial officer trainees into the Queensland Corrective Services, including one officer for the Capricornia Correctional Centre.
The 51 trainees were officially welcomed as custodial officers by Member for Mount Ommaney Tarnya Smith who represented Mr Dempsey at the ceremony at the Queensland Corrective Services Academy.
"I congratulate these officers on completing the 10 week Custodial Officer Entry Program (COEP) which has an outstanding reputation in preparing trainees for their careers as custodial officers," Mr Dempsey said.
"Over the past weeks these trainees have shown they have the ability, integrity and initiative needed for a successful career in corrections.
"These trainees will continue to learn with an additional week of training at their new workplace followed by continued mentoring from more experienced custodial officers.
"It's a significant achievement to have completed COEP and I wish al l the new officers the best in their careers."
The ceremony also saw 46 officers receive medals recognising their years of dedicated service.
Three officers received medals for 35 years of service, another three received medals for 25 years of service and a further 40 received medals for 15 years of service.
"I applaud these officers for their years of dedication and service they have bought to Queensland Corrective Services," Mr Dempsey said.
"Each of these officers bring a priceless amount of experience and knowledge to their respective workplaces. I thank them for their years of services and wish them well as they continue their careers in corrective services."
The new graduates will be stationed at the following correction centres:
• Brisbane Correctional Centre (17)
• Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre (1)
• Woodford Correctional Centre (11)
• Wolston Correctional Centre (4)
• ; Escort and Security Branch (11)
• Maryborough Correctional Centre (6)
• Capricornia Correctional Centre (1)