Community Corrections Officer, Wagga Wagga Community Corrections
Two years with Corrective Services NSW
After growing up in the city, joining Community
Corrections in Wagga Wagga provided the perfect challenge Rosie Coghlan was
The 27-year-old has been a Community Corrections
Officer for the past two years with her job specialising in assisting offenders
on court-based community-service orders undertake unpaid work for community
Coghlan 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.
“Not only is helping offenders gain work experience
vital for sustainable education or employment, it offers a sense of purpose
where they can contribute to the family unit, independence and positive
relationships,” Ms Coghlan says.
Offenders on community-service orders in the Wagga
Wagga region undertake a variety of unpaid work including maintenance of local
sports sites, such as the Illabo Motorsport Track, the REA Wagga Horse Trials
cross country course and highway rest stops.
“We receive a lot of positive feedback about the
community service work we do for the Wagga Wagga City Council including care
and maintenance of the local cemeteries,” Ms Coghlan says.
“The graffiti removal project is also meaningful as
it was set up for the offenders to take down the graffiti themselves so they
understand the effects of their offending behaviour.”
Ms Coghlan has also been working with a young adult
offender who was released from custody to Wagga Wagga for a fresh start.
“He told me this is the longest period of time he
has remained out of prison and in the community and that being surrounded by
supportive people made him feel like he belonged,” Ms Coghlan says.
“It does show that when they’re ready to accept our
help it leads to small wins.”
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