Spotlight on Lindsay Dodd – Correctional Officer Port Lincoln Prison
When did you join Correctional Services? 16/01/1989
What have you enjoyed the most about your time in the job? Meeting and working with fellow employees. By the 5 over 7, shift roster has enabled me to pursue sporting (fishing) interests, and maintain family contacts and commitments.
What do you think makes Corrections a great place to work? The people I work with are great, and many have similar interests. Corrections provides well-paid and secure employment which is hard to come by, particularly in country areas. There is a feeling of togetherness, and inclusion across the department which makes me feel part of a team working towards the same goals.
What are the biggest changes or projects you’ve been involved in across your career? The continuing expansion of Port Lincoln Prison has seen its capacity go from about 56 prisoners to 202. This along with the additions of Bluefin and Yellowfin units has seen the number of corrections staff, and rostered positions, increase many fold. The change from paper based records to electronic recording has been a big change.
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt across your career in corrections? That you are never alone in the job, that everyone “has your back” and will provide support or assistance when needed.
What advice would you give to new officers starting out in corrections? Just be yourself, and be fair and consistent. Don’t pre judge prisoners, they are people after all, just in jail. If you tell a prisoner that you will do something, do it. If he asks a question and you don’t know the answer, tell him you will find out.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Working around our hobby farm. Fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Or just lazing around our shack at coffins Bay.