This year, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week will run from Sunday, May 1, to Saturday, May 7, and be prefaced by a formal wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, April 30, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This ceremony honors individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice to the profession, and it will be an honor to have a representative from the American Correctional Association at the ceremony to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty while serving in our profession.
On behalf of ACA and all our members, we encourage all correctional agencies, facilities and staff to take time during this week to recognize correctional officers and employees for the tremendous job they do. To help commemorate this occasion and honor those who serve, we encourage agencies to acknowledge your staff and volunteers. Suggestions include adopting formal proclamations and/or resolutions; hosting a facility "open house" and inviting elected officials or the public to tour your facilities; meeting with your elected leaders and their staffs to share information about our profession; and coordinating a press event. We encourage you to share your successes and promote the great work of your staff. The public needs to know of the hard work and dedication of our greatest asset: our employees.
We welcome you to share your news and activities surrounding the week. Please submit your proclamations and resolutions to ACA, as well as any news coverage, photos and/or video. Please send all these materials to Eric Schultz, ACAs director of government and public affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A sample proclamation and resolution are attached.
Mary Livers, Ph.D.
James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Correctional officers and employees are capable, committed, patient and persistent professionals. They serve admirably in correctional facilities all across the country as chaplains, teachers, counselors, supervisors, managers and directors. They help keep our citizens and communities safe. Correctional officers and employees teach, train, mentor, preach and cure.
Though the job of correctional officers and employees is often very challenging and, at times, stressful, the thousands who work the corrections profession every day perform their duties well and with great pride. They are brave, courageous and tenacious individuals who put their lives and health at risk every day to...