"Corrections officers keep the prisoners from hurting one another.
Prison is for bad people."
Eric Hague, age 9
"You are the reason we come to work every day," said Sterling Ivey, director of public affairs as he welcomed the sons and daughters of Central Office employees to "Bring Your Child to Work Day." The mission of the Florida Department of Corrections is public safety.
The same thing happened all over the state as children of correctional employees visited mothers and fathers at work in prisons, probation offices, work camps and service centers. "The department really opens its heart every year," said Special Events A Team Chairman Sheila Logue who organized activities in Tallahassee and who is Executive of the Corrections Foundation.
Take Your Kids to Work Day at Santa Rosa C.I.
"Someday someone may come up to you and ask you to become a member of some kind of gang," CO Sgt. Jerry Alexander of Madison CI told the children as they watched a demonstration by the emergency response team. Alexander, team leader of the CERT team, continued, "Just tell them you want to be a member of the good gang. Of our gang, the ones that help people and protect people."
Her new DOC identification tag said "Jenea Powell." After watching the CERT team demonstration she said, "Guns and shields are scary." Then she happily walked over to the K-9 Unit demonstration and played with blood hound puppies visiting with the K-9 Squad.
Scenes like this were repeated in DOC facilities throughout the state as employees shared a little of their vocations with their sons and daughters.
Visitors at Central Office and CERT team members from Madison CI.