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Today marks the fifth annual National Corrections Day, recognising the efforts of the state’s 10,000 corrections staff who work year-round with offenders to keep our communities safe. Australia's correctional officers have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. It's a job that requires dedication, bravery and commitment.
This year’s theme, Giving back, highlights the ways Corrective Services NSW staff go beyond the call of duty to protect the community, fundraise for important charities, volunteer and contribute to vital community projects and partnerships.
Meet Edward, he is among 10,000 Corrective Services NSW staff celebrated on National Corrections Day, Friday 21 January, for their commitment to community safety and reducing reoffending.
So what does it mean to give back?
“It feels great to be a volunteer - I’ve always believed that giving back to the community makes us better humans,” Correctional Officer and NSW State Emergency Services volunteer of 10 years Eddy Orrego Ruiz says.
“For me being selfless is a form of happiness that you can’t get anywhere else.
“I was one of hundreds of volunteers who helped rescue stranded flood victims and deliver essential supplies in March during the Hawkesbury floods.
“We rescued about 15 people while monitoring others who refused to leave. Once the situation stabilised, we did grocery drops to stranded residents.”
“I’ve been fortunate to be granted leave from work duties to help my community. My Functional Manager and Governor are amazingly supportive and understand the dynamic nature of these incidents,” he says.
“In the past I’ve assisted the NSW SES in a planning support role, coordinating assistance and resources up and down the Central Coast, during a storm event.
“During the 2019-2020 bushfires, I assisted the Rural Fire Service with the Bush Fire Information Line, providing advice to the public regarding evacuation orders and warnings.”
Just like Eddy, volunteering with the NSW State Emergency Service is an exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community. But don't take our word for it. Read some volunteer stories and decide for yourself.
If you want to thank NSW SES volunteers, the best day to get involved is on WOW Day
Corrective Services NSW runs the state’s correctional centres, supervises offenders in the community, and delivers programs to reduce reoffending, support reintegration and build safer communities. Learn more: