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In praise of correctional officers

Posted 5/12/20

Last week was National Corrections Officers and Employees Week, and we want to take this opportunity to thank and praise the many officers who work in the county jail and state and federal …

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In praise of correctional officers

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Last week was National Corrections Officers and Employees Week, and we want to take this opportunity to thank and praise the many officers who work in the county jail and state and federal institutions for their dedication, bravery, and hard work.

Sheriff Robert M. Maciol and County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced the county’s observance of National Corrections Officers and Employees Week. Picente signed a proclamation for May 3 to 9 as the official recognition week, a national tradition since 1984. Maciol honored his corrections employees with a letter, thanking them for their service, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you are well aware, the corrections setting may not be for everyone, but it is a vital necessity in our society,” Maciol wrote. “Now, more than ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, your job is more dangerous than it has ever been. It takes a very strong and competent person to work in the corrections field.”

In a related matter, the Sheriff’s Department also used last week’s coloring challenge to have children around the county design posters in support of the county’s corrections officers and employees. The posters will be shared on the Sheriff’s Office’s social media pages.

The history of this special week goes back to 1984. On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week. 

We all should pray for the officers’ continued safety as we honor those who have given their lives protecting and serving our nation. 

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