Prison officer being investigated

An Invercargill prison officer has been stood down and is being investigated, the Department of Corrections says.

Invercargill Prison manager Stuart Davie said a corrections officer at Invercargill Prison had been stood down pending an employment investigation.

Mr Davie would not comment on the nature of the alleged incident but said Corrections had a code of conduct for staff that had to be followed.

"Corrections demands the highest standards from its staff as they manage some of the most challenging people in the country and all staff must adhere to the department's code of conduct."

Any breach of this code is treated seriously, Mr Davie said. While the investigation was ongoing,

Corrections was unable to make further comment, he said.


The Southland Times