Governor hails Corrections staff
Gov. Gary Herbert has declared this Corrections week in Utah in honor of the 2,200 employees who work for the Utah Department of Corrections. The declaration honors correctional employees, probation and parole officers and volunteers working throughout the state to help offenders become contributing members of the community.
"We are proud of Utah's correctional professionals and volunteers, who embody the ideals of professionalism, compassion, collaboration, and dedication, and we commend the adept manner in which they manage a very difficult and demanding occupation," the declaration states.
Former President Ronald Reagan signed the original proclamation honoring correctional officers on May 5, 1984 — 30 years ago today. The name was changed in 1996 to "National Correctional Officers and Employees Week" to recognize all people working in jails, prisons and community correctional centers.
Reagan noted that, "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 become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers through the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections."