Correctional officers’ abilities strengthened

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BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO

THE useful skills and knowledge gained by the 15 Correctional Service officers of the CSSI will now able to assist the institution in strategically addressing different issues within the organisation.

The officers have graduated with diploma in Correctional Administration and Certificate of attainment under the Queensland Correctional Services (QCS) Academy in Australia.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Ms Karen Qalokale said the CSSI officers are so privileged to be part of this programme.

Qalokale said she acknowledges the officers commitment, passion and interest in undertaking this course.

She hopes the knowledge and skills gained from the training will help the officers to address issues within the institution.

“You are so privileged to have gone through the program as you would gain many useful skills and knowledge on how you will strategically address different issues within the institution,” Qalokale said.

She said it is quite tough to do studies whilst working and at the same time fulfilling family commitments. But the officers’ interest to study has demonstrated their aspiration to excel in academic development as well as the betterment of the institution CSSI.

On behalf of the Australian government, Counsellor Fiona Hoggart says the Australian Government is proud to support the partnership between CSSI and QCS. She said also in supporting this important learning opportunity that has allowed officers to strengthen their skills and knowledge, and make CSSI a stronger organisation.

Hoggart adds her government support CSSI because they believe that a strong and effective corrections system is necessary for Solomon Islanders to feel safe and to know there is a well-functioning justice system.