May 2, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Day after day correctional officers throughout the state enter places where most citizens never want to go –correctional institutions. Behind those wired fences and steep walls live inmates who broke laws and threatened society, in some cases violently and with no remorse. The work environment of a prison system offers a unique set of workplace challenges and often provides few rewards.
By the same token, probation officers put themselves at risk when they make field visits to probationers' and parolees’ residences and places of employment, often in high-crime areas, during all hours of the day and night, on holidays and weekends, with the purpose of enhancing public safety. Probation officers accept a challenging role in the community: they are responsible for maintaining public safety by enforcing conditions of supervision, while at the same time providing guidance and referrals to assist this diverse population in becoming productive, law-abiding citizens.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating "National Correctional Officers Week." The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Employees Week to honor the work of correctional personnel nationwide.
Department of Corrections employees serve a vital role in the criminal justice system, diligently working to keep the public safe from dangerous criminals, while providing coordinated rehabilitative services to ensure our inmates’ successful re-entry into Florida’s communities. Those working in this profession deserve the thanks and appreciation of all Floridians for their vigilance and dedication.
With that in mind, I encourage the citizens of Florida to join me in celebrating Correctional Employees Week, May 1st-7th, 2011 and to share in recognizing the exemplary work correctional employees carry out day after day.
Whether the staff member is a correctional officer, probation officer, administrative staff, maintenance worker, or counselor, FDOC employees are dedicated to changing offender behavior and improving outcomes; thereby ensuring successful reentry into Florida communities.
Florida’s correctional employees in prisons and in our communities work bravely and tirelessly in hazardous conditions for the benefit of the citizens of Florida. I cannot fully express how proud I am of the Department’s approximately 30,000 employees who do so much for their communities and for our great State. For these reasons I urge all Floridians to extend thanks and gratitude to all correctional employees throughout the state.
Edwin G. Buss