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Trio ready to take next step on road to service


Commissioner of Correctional Services Ken Middlebrook with Indigenous students Taquila Derrington, Elliot Lewis, Jesse Norris and NT Chief Minister Adam Giles. Photo and story NT News

Three Indigenous students are now qualified to train as Northern Territory prison officers after completing a pre-Prison Officer in Training course.

Jesse Norris, Elliot Lewis and Taquila Derrington undertook the training at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education under the Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Correctional Services John Elferink congratulated the students on their success.

‘These three students and their families can be very proud of their achievements so far in working towards becoming prison officers in the Department of Correctional Services’ John Elferink – Minister for Correctional Services

‘A total of 22 applications were received for seven places on the 20-week course with our three graduates seeing it all the way through. I am particularly pleased to see that all three are committed to
becoming prison officers and to be role models for Indigenous people throughout the Territory.’

Mr Elferink said the graduates would now join a Prison Officer in Training Course. ‘‘This involves a further 11 weeks in the classroom followed by nine months on-the-job training in a prison,’’ he said.

‘Successful completion will see them offered permanent positions as prison officers.’ Mr Elferink said that during the pre-employment program, participants completed a Certificate II in Community Services, fitness training, cross cultural and work readiness training.

‘They also learned about prisoner re-integration, sentence management, Indigenous support, prisoner property, sport and recreation and prison administration,’ Mr Elferink said of the students’ workload.