Prison Officer Recruitment

6th March 2018

Andrew Bridgen highlights the importance of retaining experienced and long-serving prison officers who are essential for mentoring new recruits.

Prison Officer Recruitment

6. What progress his Department has made on recruiting 2,500 new prison officers. [904192]

Skilled professional prison officers are absolutely heart and centre of running good prisons. That is why we have committed to recruiting 2,500 extra prison officers. I am pleased to say that we are now nine months ahead of target on delivering those prison officers.

I of course welcome the fact that the Government are making progress in recruiting extra prison officers, but will the Minister reassure the House that he is making every effort to retain the services of experienced and long-serving officers who are absolutely essential for mentoring new recruits into the service?

Absolutely. As my hon. Friend points out, this is not just about numbers. Working in a prison is incredibly challenging, and having the experience and the prison craft to do it is vital, so we are putting incentive schemes in place to try to retain our most experienced staff and to understand, when they do leave, why they are doing so.

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Friday 6th April 2018 - Castle Donington
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