Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. has signed a proclamation designating this week as “Correctional Officers and Employees Week” in the Virgin Islands to show appreciation to the tireless men and women responsible for the care, custody and welfare of inmates and detainees within the Virgin Islands.
Correctional officers and support staff serve in an ever-changing profession and work in a correctional environment as an officer first, and second, within their area of specialization and expertise whether it encompasses providing medical services, spiritual healing, counseling, case management, food service, sanitation, or facilities management.
“Correctional staff work entails an enormous amount responsibility to maintain public safety and order as well as to help inmates develop the skills necessary to become productive members of society,” de Jongh said.
“The dedicated men and women of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, and specifically the staff at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on the island of St. Croix, and the facilities located at the Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center and Alva A. Swan Annex in St. Thomas, put their lives on the line and perform very difficult tasks on a daily basis, tasks that can be dangerous as well as frustrating,” the governor added.
For that reason, it is important to show support and increase public awareness about the important role correctional staff play in our communities, according to de
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers' Week. Ever since, the first full week in May has been dedicated to recognizing correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide for their professionalism, hard work, dedication and efforts to protect those in their custody along with the public's safety.
De Jongh called upon the people of the Virgin Islands to join him in honoring the territory's correctional officers and staff at the territory’s correctional facilities, and to offer sincere thanks and appreciation for their services and dedication.