New Prison Service recruits called upon to support people to change

Date published: 13 October 2017


As Prisons Week 2017 draws to a close, 17 new Prison Service recruits have today taken part in a Passing Out ceremony at the Prison Service College at Hydebank Wood.

The new recruits, 11 male and six female, have undergone an intensive nine week training course and will start work in both Hydebank Wood College and Maghaberry Prison next week.

Speaking at the Passing Out ceremony, Head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Ronnie Armour said, “It is fitting that I am addressing you as this year’s Prisons’ Week draws to a close. This year’s theme was ‘press on’ and, as your role as a prison officers begins, I am asking you to press on; to work with people in our care and to support them to change. That is the challenge you have in front of you and I am sure that, having spoken to some of you today, it is one that you are ready to face head on.”

Mr Armour continued: “I believe our people are the most valuable asset we have. Working in our prisons can be challenging but it is also hugely rewarding.  You are very much welcome to the Prison Service and the wider justice family today, and I’d ask you all to ‘press on’ and to play your part in making Northern Ireland a safer place.”

The Passing Out ceremony was also attended by family members and friends of the new recruits.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Prisons Week originated in the 1970s when a group of prison Chaplains recognised the need to highlight what prisons mean to staff, those who are imprisoned, their families and most importantly the victims of crime.
  2. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 90526444.  Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.

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