Fitzgerald Unveils Prison Officer Recruitment Campaign

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has unveiled a new recruitment campaign which aims to recruit up to 360 prison officers over the next three years.

Around 120 Recruit Prison Officers will be appointed each year until 2019, with the first recruits entering the Irish Prison Service College in early 2017

Recruit Prison Officer (RPO) is the entry level to the Service and following three years' service and Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC) the new RPO's will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer.

The programme is the first competition for Recruit Prison Officers to be held for the Irish Prison Service since 2008.

Welcoming the new campaign, the Tánaiste said: "Today is an important day for the Irish Prison Service. It marks the formal announcement on www.publicjobs.ie of the commencement of the 2016 recruitment campaign for Recruit Prison Officers."

"This campaign will see the welcome addition of new Prison Officers to our prisons. The new staff will ensure that the Irish Prison Service is renewed and has the capacity to continue to provide safe, secure custody and rehabilitation in all prisons throughout the country."

For more information, visit www.irishprisons.ie


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