Correctional facility honors employees during special week
by Paisley Boston
May 08, 2014 | 3146 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Correctional Facility Warden Ora Starks has a host of events planned for her correctional staff in recognition of National Correctional Officer Week.

"There are times when employees tend to feel unappreciated and we want to recognize our officers for all of the outstanding work that they have done," said Starks.

She said on various days of the week, she and other staff members would honor the officers with breakfast, lunch and cookies and ice cream.

"This is just a small token to show them how much we truly appreciate them," said Starks.

She also said the facility has scheduled a dress down day for Friday and a May Day, Play Day on Saturday.

"We have ordered T-shirts for them to wear on Friday. The May Day, Play Day is going to be a fun filled event for the entire family. It will be held in Statesmen Park and we will setup around 7 a.m.," she added.

"We are going to have a barbeque and several other activities scheduled for them and their families. We plan to continue the event until at least 6 p.m. so that all of our officers and their families can attend," continued Starks.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating "National Correctional Officers’ Week."

Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.

"I feel that it is important to show appreciation to our staff because when you have individuals working in this line of work, it can be stressful. Sometimes individuals feel as though they are not appreciated and I just think it is essential to let your staff know how much you appreciate them," said Starks.

The obligations of a correctional officer include duties such as processing inmates; getting inmates to their court appearances; basic security; serving food; and providing clean laundry to them.

Correctional officers and personnel work under demanding and sometimes difficult circumstances, often facing danger in their daily lives.

"Our correctional staff is a vital component to our facility," added Starks.

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.

"Without them, we would not be able to make it and it takes all of us because there is no 'I' in team. It takes all of us working together with common goals," said Starks.