Commissioner’s Honor Corrections Officers

By: David M. Higgins II

La Plata, MD– On Tuesday, May 13, 2019, the Charles County Commissioners recognized National Correctional Officers Week, honoring our local correctional officers for the important work they perform each day.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5187 (see below), declaring the week beginning May 6, 1984, as “National Correctional Officers Week.”  This proclamation, “in recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our nation,” noted that the position of correctional officer “is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions [prisons and jails]; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.”

In the proclamation, President Reagan stated that “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.”

Image courtesy of the Charles County Public information Office

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the National Center for Jail Operations (NCJO) wishes to echo these sentiments of thirty-five years ago, as we take the opportunity this week to acknowledge and thank the men and women who work in jails all across this country. Please join us in celebrating National Correctional Officers and Employees Week by extending your gratitude for the service and commitment to duty of these individuals. We at NSA pray for their continued safety as we honor those who have given their lives protecting and serving our nation.


By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

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 eightyfour, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

RONALD REAGAN

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 12:50 p.m., May 7, 1984]