Of the 71 custodial officers to graduate from 10 weeks of intensive training at the Wellington Correctional Complex this month, many hailed from Wellington and surrounding towns.
The Stokes family of Wellington were front-row at the Swearing In & Graduation Ceremony on Thursday to celebrate Kurt’s milestone.
Kurt, formerly a carpenter, said he was relieved to complete the course and is excited to continue employment at the complex.
Rory Fitzpatrick of Dubbo was also one to graduate. He is eager to commence his career with Corrective Services NSW after working as a cobbler in Dubbo.
He said tear gas was the most difficult and memorable experience during training.
“I’m keen as for a career, that’s why I joined this job, so I’m going to make the most of it,” he said.
And his message to others contemplating the career change: “Go for it, it’s a good time, there’s nothing else you’d want to do,” Rory said. “Stay in blue, not green!”
Assistant Commissioner Mark Wilson said the new recruits will become the face of the organisation.
“We are grateful for your commitment in protecting our community,” he said.
Among those to receive recognition on the day was long-serving employee Michelle Hadley who received acknowledgement for 15 years of service to Corrective Services NSW. Ben Brown, Cassandra Gill and Kyle Dunn received student awards for demonstrating leadership, professionalism and excelling in the course.