The Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) welcomes 42 new recruits in a low-key opening ceremony today at the Correctional Service Headquarters, Academy in Honiara, with a call to serve the government and people of our beloved country with integrity, professionalism and respect.
The 42 new recruit’s hails from our nine provinces within our country, among the recruits are 15 females and 27 males.
Speaking during the official opening of CSSI New Recruits 04/2019, CSSI Commissioner Mr. Gabriel Manelusi feels very humble to acknowledge the Guest of Honour Sir Nathaniel Waena to witness the official opening despite his busy schedule.
“My Executive do value your presence and highly acknowledge for accepting the CSSI in providing your family name in this recruit class, as ‘Sir Nathaniel Rahumaea Waena Recruits’”, says Manelusi.
Manelusi reiterates to new recruits that your presence signals a choice to commit to serving your community and your country as a member of the Correctional Service Solomon Islands.
“You are the first recruits to undergo a new comprehensive training syllabus within the CSSI Academy after it is reviewed and recently endorsed for implementation”.
“As your Commissioner, I would like to reinforce to you that the Solomon Islands Government and the Communities are expecting the CSSI staff to perform your duties with integrity, high discipline, professionalism and without favour”, says Manelusi.
Manelusi highlighted a few important aspects of Corrections to the New Recruits, as you will be responsible for managing correctional centres to a high standard and to reinforce the need to focus not only on safety and security but an added focus and value on the upgraded training modules relating to rehabilitation, regeneration and reintegration programs, how to deal with inmates with a mental health condition, supervising correctional inmates in courts and supervising and managing parolee or early release inmates in the community.
Meanwhile, the Guest of Honour, Sir Nathaniel Waena in his keynote address thank the CSSI Commissioner for the kind invitation, to enable him to attend this morning’s official opening, to address the Sir Nathaniel Waena Recruits.
“I am, indeed, most honoured to have been granted the privilege, of having this recruitment course name after ‘Waena’. May I humbly wish each of you who are members of this course, God’s manifold blessing and success, in the duration of the course”.
Sir Waena adds, Correctional Service are at times rather challenging and a dynamic environment to work in, this is why your training and achievement of your Certificate III, will provide you the confidence, to carry out your duties, to a high standard, cohesive team work, discipline, the ability to follow instructions and respect for authority, will also help you deliver high standards of service.
“CSSI reinforces the need to focus not only on safety and security training, but also with the added focus on the upgraded training units, relating to rehabilitation, regeneration and reintegration, in Certificate III course”.
He said by travelling together in a common direction with common goals, you will help fulfil the mission of the CSSI, which is to enhance the safety of the community by providing secure and humane containment, through facilitating the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates.
Sir Waena appeal to the New Recruit, in this course that you must impress upon the inmates, the importance of their relationship with God, our creator and the training given to you in this course, will equip you to do your work well, by turning the obedience of the inmates, to the repentance of their earthly life, to be saved from their weaknesses in life and gain spiritual salvation, for their heavenly life purpose.
Director CSSI Academy Superintendent Joseph Watawa in his closing remarks acknowledged the retired Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena for accepting CSSI in naming their family name on this recruit class.
Also acknowledge DFAT and the Australian Government for their technical support and funding the project, Queensland Corrective Service for their strong ties to CSSI and their support to professional development in Solomon Islands, Cardno Emerging Markets our law and justice sector partners that help oversee and support CSSI’s development, MPNSCS for their ongoing support in ensuring CSSI achieve the governments priorities.
Special thanks to Adviser Angelique Deep for her commitment and support in developing this syllabus with the training staff and CSSI Commissioner for the initiative he gave to Academy staff in accomplishing this project upgrading of our Certificate III in Correctional Practices.
The new recruits will commence its intensive training as of today, 30 May 2022, for the duration of four (04) months.