National Corrections Officer Week

For my job, I am an office manager at a massage clinic. We have Administrative Professionals Day, and this week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I’m sure there are a couple of other holidays this week too.

My boyfriend is a corrections officer at the jail. This week is National Corrections Officer Week. Did you even know they got recognized? I didn’t until I started dating him. I think it’s FANTASTIC they get recognized. I think they deserve even more recognition than they get.

No guns, just guts

“The first full week in May each year is dedicated as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. This year it is celebrated May 6 -12. Thank You to all of you in the correctional field for the vital service you provide to our community and region. Below is President Reagan’s original proclamation.

By The President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
May 5, 1984
Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation’s prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.

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 throughout 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.

In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as “National Correctional Officers Week,” and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 6, 1984, as National Correctional Officers Week. I call upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.”

To be honest with you, this job scares the bejesus out of me. The boyfriend and I communicate during the day via email, but when I go an extended period of time without hearing from him, I start to worry.

Yes, he has really cool stories to tell about his job that fascinate me, and yes, I think it would be totally fascinating to job shadow him one day, but it’s such a dangerous job too. I respect him SO much for what he does to provide for our family.


What do you do for a living? Do you get recognized for your job?


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