Spotlight on Ian Bonner – Correctional Officer Port Lincoln Prison
When did you join Correctional Services? March 1986 Course 75 at YLP
What have you enjoyed the most about your time in the job? Varying challenges due to the changes in my role during the years
What do you think makes Corrections a great place to work? Structured employment. Challenging roles. Diversity of people you encounter.
What are the biggest changes or projects you’ve been involved in across your career? There have been many changes over the years. The closing of Adelaide Gaol, commissioning of Mobilong, moving to Port Lincoln Prison. Participating in the changing roles as a correctional officer, from the old ‘us and them’ mentality to the introduction of unit management through to individual case management.
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt across your career in corrections? Don’t judge a book by its cover.
What advice would you give to new officers starting out in corrections? Watch, Listen, Learn.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Travel, read, family time with grandkids.