May 2-8 is National Correctional Officers Week, dedicated to the many men and women who work in jails across the country.
The annual proclamation was first recognized by President Ronald Regan in 1984.
“I’ve always looked at Corrections Officers as the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system,” said Alpena Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski. “They are often unrecognized and underpaid for the difficult work that they do. To the men and women who work in the corrections division of the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office I say thank you for your service to this community in keeping it safe.”
The proclamation notes that correctional officers have historically been viewed as guards, but their jobs have become much more complex and demanding, also involving custodial, supervisory and counseling duties.
Sheriff Kieliszewski is encouraging community members who know a corrections officer at the sheriff’s office to “thank them for the work that they do.”