Community Corrections Officer, Bowral Community Corrections
Seven years with Corrective Services NSW
Chenoweth’s path to supervising offenders on the frontline wasn’t an obvious or
smooth one - from business administration trainee to maternity leave and a
brief stint in retail, her career has taken many unexpected detours.
seven years’ service with Corrective Services NSW, the Bowral-based Community
Corrections Officer is glad for the time she spends working with offenders on
community service orders.
service work is a really big passion of mine because it’s not only really
important for the offenders’ rehabilitation, but it’s a great opportunity for
the community,” Ms Chenoweth says.
have had offenders who do their community work and then continue to volunteer
after their order has finished, and others who have been given jobs off the
back of their community service work.
great for them to be working alongside people in the community, learning a good
work ethic and how to respect people, and receiving praise for the work they’re
Chenoweth is among the more than 9,000 Corrective Services NSW staff being
celebrated for their commitment to community safety on National Corrections
Day, Friday 18 January.
Chenoweth began her career with Corrective Services NSW as a business
administration trainee in 2006. Her first taste of Community Corrections came
in 2008 when she spent four months on secondment in community service
says she has seen offenders change their lives for the better with strong
guidance, supervision and community service work.
of my habitual offenders gained a job from his community service work and has
stayed out of prison for the past two years. Our job is about giving them the
tools to change their lives for themselves and reduce reoffending,” the
2019 National Corrections Day theme is Working Corrections, focussing on
inmate industries and the work of Community Corrections officers, who supervise
offenders on court-ordered community work.
are nearly 1,600 Community Corrections staff working at more than 130 reporting
locations across the state, supervising offenders on parole and court-ordered