On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized the first National Correctional Officers Week. In his proclamation, Reagan stated, "Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as 'guards,' occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have come increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custody, supervisory and counseling roles. ...The important work of correctional officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves."
We could not agree more.
Our corrections deputies face challenges everyday in a normal year. In 2020, those challenges were compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our corrections deputies met the challenge head on and continue to impress other facilities throughout the state in our handling of jail operations and maintaining a safe atmosphere for inmates and staff.
Corrections deputies train, counsel and help rebuild lives. They give hope too many who feel hopeless and we are blessed to have one of the best groups of corrections deputies in the state.