Spotlight on Charlie Armstrong – Adelaide Pre-Release Centre Garden Supervisor
When did you join Correctional Services? I joined in July 2016
What have you enjoyed most about your time in the job? I really enjoy helping people who have made some wrong choices. I enjoying see the APC Garden flourish and grow. I especially enjoy being part of a team and have enjoyed the challenges.
What do you thinkmakes corrections a great place to work? I believe corrections is a great place to work because of the job satisfaction gained from helping people and giving them a second chance to rebuild their lives upon release.
What are the biggest changes or projects you've been involved in across your career? I would just say getting my head around what it takes to be a good Correctional Officer and then learning the job. Growing vegetables is the easy part.
What is the most important thing you've learnt across your career with corrections? Patience! A lot of my clients have come from low socio-economic situations. They have not had a lot of education and generally have a poor work ethic. You need patience to understand where they have come from and need to learn to work with them.
What advice would you give to new officers starting out with corrections. Not to judge offenders - they have made mistakes and are paying the price. Treat them with respect but also be firm with them.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends. I like riding my Harley and going to the movies. I also like to support my beloved Collingwood Magpies.