SEVENTEEN Fiji Corrections Service officers are attending the first promotional course for officers at the Naboro Corrections Academy.
The course is the first in the history of the Fiji Corrections Service for officers from the rank of principal to chief corrections officer.
In officially opening the course this week, acting commissioner and community liaison officer Sitiveni Raitamata said the way forward for the department in terms of staff training and development was the promotional courses for all ranks.
Mr Raitamata said an effective and efficient staff officer should be well versed with all administrative legislation and requirements of the department.
"An area that needs to be improved in the FCS is how we administer our own staff but more importantly of all those who are in our safe custody.
"To be an effective and efficient staff officer, you will be equipped with the relevant skills and this course is designed in a way to ensure that at the end of it you will be up-skilled," he told participants.
He said a lot would be demanded of them considering that the prerequisite of achieving a qualification and pass in the course was a pass in the required fitness level (RFL).
"May I remind you that it will not be a walk in the park for you, there will be sleepless nights and limited time with your family and loved ones therefore it is important that you are motivated from the start."
He also emphasised the importance of familiarising themselves with the Australian Defence Force Publication 102, a doctrine of correspondence adopted by the three disciplined forces.
The course includes leadership, command and control, communications, personal administration, problem solving, corrections legislation and laws, and counselling.