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​Jason Thoroughgood

Field Officer, Lake Macquarie Community Corrections
Six years with Corrective Services NSW

Jason Thoroughgood keeps things moving at work. He drives a busload of offenders to complete community work as part of his role at Lake Macquarie Community Corrections.

The 47-year-old Field Officer has been with Corrective Services NSW for six years, transporting offenders all around the Hunter and Central Coast to complete grounds maintenance and community projects as part of their Intensive Corrections Orders.

Mr Thoroughgood 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.

Mr Thoroughgood said the types of offenders he meets range from people who have never worked a day in their life, to people who own their own companies.

“It’s a melting pot of personalities, which can be challenging to manage but I always maintain an upward beat and keep everyone motivated to do a good job,” Mr Thoroughgood says.

“We complete a lot of grounds maintenance work at various locations, which are often overgrown and covered in rubbish. The offenders go above and beyond what is required of them and usually want to keep cleaning to make more of an impact.

“We have a great relationship with the local community. We’ve helped with bush fires and natural disasters in regional areas, removed snakes from schools, assisted with traffic control after an accident, and even rescued tourists from a serious kangaroo attack at Morisset on the Central Coast.”

Mr Thoroughgood works with around 15 offenders at a time and says the Lake Macquarie Community Corrections office has a high success rate when it comes to reducing reoffending.

“I work with great people, from administration right through to management. We have a tight-knit team and it comes through in the work we’re doing with offenders. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else,” Mr Thoroughgood says.

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.

There are nearly 1,600 Community Corrections staff working at more than 130 reporting locations across the state, supervising offenders on parole and court-ordered community work.

Jason Thoroughgood