During this National Correctional Officer’s Week honoring corrections professionals, we reflect on how important you are.
Standing watch, walking rounds, and securing the facilities, you ensure the safety of our community by limiting the freedom of those who have caused harm. Often times, you send people back to the community better than they came. Perhaps no one in law enforcement does more to ensure that we can live without fear than correctional officers.
You consistently place yourself in danger to protect those whom society has discarded. Armed with little more than your quick wits and a few tools of the trade, you walk rounds, outnumbered, and often surrounded by violent offenders. Your courage is amazing.
Each day, you aid and assist those who are unable to help themselves or who have needs well beyond your scope. All of this is done behind walls and secured doors, hidden from the public eye. Your compassion is without question.
You may work double-shifts, miss family events, or have to explain to a child why you will miss another game. Your dedication and sacrifice is significant and much appreciated.
The public looks to you for safety and protection and this is no small task. What you do is important. What you do matters. We appreciate you.