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Corrections Embarks On A New Journey

The Fiji Corrections Service, after receiving the Prime Minister’s Award, has now embarked on a new journey. “We are embarking on a new journey now with the strengthening of ties
24 Oct 2014 09:16
Corrections Embarks On A New Journey
Fiji Corrections Service (FCS), Commissioner, Lieutenant -Colonel Ifereimi Vasu (right), during their Third Quarter Parade at Naboro on Wednesday. Photo: FCS

The Fiji Corrections Service, after receiving the Prime Minister’s Award, has now embarked on a new journey.

“We are embarking on a new journey now with the strengthening of ties between our Rehabilitation and Operations Unit,” said the FCS Commissioner, Lieutenant -Colonel Ifereimi Vasu.

He was speaking to more than 400 officers at the Commissioner’s Third Quarter Parade at Naboro on Wednesday.

This, he said, was to ensure that the needs of those under their care would be addressed appropriately through vigorous training and counselling.

“Our priority is the safety and security of the officers and those under our care so we must work smartly and ensure that our performance for the remainder of the year is of the highest standards.”

The two FCS units, Operations and Rehabilitation, are now working closely for the security of the inmates.

The Operations Unit deals with operations in an FCS complex, while the Rehabilitation Unit works with inmates to help them.

Such programmes provide the opportunity for developing basic skills and interests that may assist inmates to undertake more education, vocational training (work skills), parenting skills, drugs and alcohol.

The prison environment aims to:

– encourage positive changes in behaviour and attitude;

– provide good social examples;

– challenge offending behavior;

– promote self-esteem; and

– encourage prisoners to take responsibility for their actions.

The upbringing of a prisoner’s spiritual life is also an essential part of the rehabilitation programme.

The Commissioner reminded the officers to carry out their tasks diligently and effectively for the last quarter of this year.

“We must ensure that we maintain the standard of work that was carried out from the beginning of the year.”

He said the Prime Minister’s Award they won at the recent Service Excellence Awards was testimony of the fact that they were on the right track.

They should continue with the good work in the months and years ahead of them, he urged.

Lieutenent-Colonel Vasu conveyed his gratitude for the support and commitment from the families of the officers as well as the inmates in ensuring that the FCS continued with its excellent performance.

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