(BOP) - Since 1984, the first full week of May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers Week. In his proclamation that year, President Ronald Reagan stated, "The important work of Correctional Officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves." He also added that the job continues to grow more complicated and demanding.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Bureau of Prisons to postpone the traditional observance of Correctional Workers' Week again this year, the first week of May still offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the important, but difficult, job of working in corrections. As law enforcement professionals, there is an ever-present need to face the dangers, whether real or perceived, and withstand the public scrutiny, because those who have never walked through a sallyport or down a range in a unit, cannot fully comprehend the courage and strength of character it takes to work on the inside of a prison every day.
Correctional workers continue to fulfill the mission with dedication and integrity because public safety far outweighs the risks. And, they do so without any expectation of recognition or praise, while being keenly aware of the courage and heroism displayed by the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.
In honor and recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by twenty-six Bureau staff we now refer to as Fallen Heroes, please take time this week to remember each one and their commitment and dedication to public service, so they may never be forgotten.