Recommendations for corruption prevention and updates

The ICAC has made the following 14 corruption prevention recommendations to Corrective Services NSW to minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future:

RECOMMENDATION 1

That within one year of the CSNSW implementation plan being submitted to the Commission, staff lockers at all correctional centres with security screening points are relocated so the lockers are placed before the security screening point where staff enter the facility.

RECOMMENDATION 2

That the Commissioner of CSNSW instructs gatehouse personnel at security screening points to investigate alerts from metal detector machines and screening wands by:

1. Requiring staff to empty their pockets and remove belts and shoes, and
2. examining all items produced. 

RECOMMENDATION 3 

That the Commissioner of CSNSW instructs gatehouse personnel that only totally empty or sealed water bottles are to be allowed into correctional centres.

RECOMMENDATION 4

That at all correctional centres, staff appointed to gatehouse duty should not be permanently in this position. All suitable staff should be rotated randomly and at frequent intervals onto gatehouse duty.

RECOMMENDATION 5

That at all correctional centres at least one closed-circuit television camera is located in a position where it is able to record searches of staff as they enter and exit.

RECOMMENDATION 6

That film footage from the closed-circuit television camera(s) for search areas should be recorded and kept, to enable managers to check at regular intervals that staff were properly searched.

RECOMMENDATION 7

That the Commissioner of CSNSW instructs managers to make frequent checks of film footage of searches of staff from closed-circuit television camera(s).

RECOMMENDATION 8

That walk-through metal detector screening machines be located so staff must walk through at least one when entering and exiting all correctional centres. Staff should be unable to walk around a metal detector screening machine.

RECOMMENDATION 9

That CSNSW uses passive alert dogs during random searches of custodial correctional officers while the officers are on parade at the start of their shift, in addition to any other occasions where random searches using passive alert dogs might be performed.

RECOMMENDATION 10

That CSNSW uses passive alert dogs as part of random searches of staff lockers and staff vehicles.

RECOMMENDATION 11

That CSNSW allocates more resources to making additional canine units available to search staff.

RECOMMENDATION 12

That the  Premier introduces an amendment to the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002, and any other relevant legislation, to give the Commissioner of CSNSW non-reviewable powers regarding custodial corrections officers, similar to the power currently held by the Commissioner for NSW Police under section 173 schedule 1 of the Police Act 1990.

RECOMMENDATION 13

That CSNSW implements a system for identifying and managing staff whose conduct suggests there is a likelihood of them engaging in future corrupt conduct.

RECOMMENDATION 14

That the Premier introduces an amendment to the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002, and any other relevant legislation, to give the Commissioner of CSNSW non-reviewable power to remove custodial corrections officers on the basis of a loss of confidence in an officer's suitability to continue as a corrections officer, similar to the power currently held by the Commissioner for NSW Police under section 181(d) of the Police Act 1990. 


Implementation Plan

The implementation plan posted below has been provided by Corrective Services NSW in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. Its appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the plan by the Commission.

Corrective Services NSW  - Implementation plan


12 month progress report

The progress report posted below has been provided by Corrective Services NSW in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. It's appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the plan by the Commission. 

Corrective Services NSW - 12 month progress report

 

24 month progress report

The progress report posted below has been provided by Corrective Services NSW in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. It's appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the plan by the Commission. 

Corrective Services NSW - 24 month progress report - Final