What does your day to day role involve?

Over the past two weeks, I have been getting to know a bit more about Corrections, attending the Frontline induction programme at National Office, visiting Rimutaka prison and learning systems training. Through this I gained a better understanding of the people that we were going to be working with and ensured that we understood the importance of being safe in Prison as a lot of what we were learning was new or unfamiliar to us.

Today is my first day in a Prison environment and a lot of it has been spent talking to the inspectors at the site and finding my way around the Corrnet website.

How long have you worked as an Inspector?

Just over 2 weeks

What did you do before becoming an Inspector?

I worked for the Ministry of Justice at the Auckland High Court and managed a team of case officers who prepared trial files for the Judges. The team was responsible for the case progression of 70% of this county’s most serious offending. In 2007 as part of a service initiative the High Court, Auckland appointed me as the Prison Liaison Officer where I became first point of contact for all Receiving Offices within the Northern Region. The PLO role gave me some insight into how a Prison operates and also a better appreciation of the challenges experienced by these Officers.

Why did you choose to become an Inspector of Corrections?

I worked for MOJ for 16 years across different jurisdictions and in various roles, while I really enjoyed working for the MOJ it was time to find a new challenge. There are probably 3 key reasons why Corrections was the perfect choice for me; 1) it offered me an opportunity to continue working in the Justice Sector which I have really enjoyed being a part of 2) the role of Inspector – ongoing reviews is a new role and it is very exciting to be a part of this team where I can utilise my skills and experience 3) While working for MOJ I was fortunate to meet and work with a number of exceptionally talented, dedicated and experienced Corrections officers and my interaction over the years with them inspired me to want to apply for the role.

What have you enjoyed about the role so far?

Meeting and talking to so many different people.

What have you found challenging?

Navigating around the computer system, but I guess that is understandable in any new role

What would your advice be for anyone wanting to be an Inspector of Corrections?

I haven’t been here long enough to really give advice to anyone wanting to be an inspector but I can share a quote from Ghandi for anyone new to a role.

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning”