A 4 million dollar purpose-built complex to be used for training prison staff and officers, has been officially opened in Ararat today, by Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll.
The building will be home to the Security and Emergency Services Group (SESG), who provide specialised security, emergency responses, and other services to Corrections Victoria.
The complex – located next to the Hopkins Correctional Centre – includes a tactical training area, kennels and a training area for dogs, classrooms, overnight accommodation for SESG officers, office space and amenities.
Minister Carroll said, “This new complex means, our hard-working and dedicated staff and specialist officers working in our prisons, have access to the very best training and facilities.”
A similar complex has been built in Lara, although the SESG is also based in four prisons around the state including Barwon Prison, Loddon Prison, the Metropolitan Remand Centre and Hopkins Correctional Centre. They can also be deployed to any correctional facility across the state for searches, patrols or emergency response.
“Around 300 prison staff are expected to train at this new facility over the next 12 months – and we’re giving them the tools they need to keep our prisons safe,” explained the Minister.
The first of two SESG canine teams will also begin training from April at the complex.
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