35 newly recruited correctional service officers passed-out on Friday after twelve weeks of training at Rove headquarters, Honiara.
They were awarded with certificates.
Delivering his speech during the graduation, under secretary of police, national security and correctional service Stephen Maesiola said that the road from here on will not be easy.
“It comes with challenges and I am confident that you have prepared well for the challenges.
“You will not be alone, the commissioner and his staff are here to assist you along the path,” he said.
Maesiola said that CSSI is a disciplinary organisation.
“You have been informed of the rules and regulations on how to conduct yourselves, on how you behave both on and off duty.
“I am sure you have read and understood the correctional service Act 2007 and its regulations, especially the section that deals with discipline.
“I advise you that recite this particular section because it will save you in the tough times that wait ahead of you,” he said.
There are people who will depend on you, he added.
“The government and the people of Solomon Islands will depend on you for their security.
“The CSSI will count on you for the proper delivery of correctional services.The inmates will depend on you for their welfare.
“Most importantly your families will depend on you for livelihood and welfare. The onus now is on you to manage these expectations and balance work life with other commitments,” said Maesiola.
Meanwhile, he thanked the commissioner, his executive, directors and staff of the CSSI training centre for their hard work in making the course successful.
“Training new recruits take time, effort and dedication and I thank you all for ensuring that we recruit the right people for the right jobs in CSSI.
“Thank you parents and families of graduating students for allowing your sons, daughters, and relatives to join the CSSI.
“Your support one way or the other towards them during the last twelve weeks was appreciated.
“As they begin a new career, they still need your support as the duties they expected to perform may take up family time,” he said.
The oath of office that you have sworn was an oath to God and the country, Maesiola stated.
“It is not an oath for one party, or group of people or an oath just to please the commissioner of CSSI.
“You have pledged to serve God and the people of this country without fear or favour.
“The road from here will not be easy. So prepare well and face the challenges,” he said.
BY STEPHEN DIISANGO