In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5185 creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week,” designating the first full week of May dedicated to honoring correctional officers nationwide.
On Monday, Sheriff Richard Wiles and detention personnel accepted the resolution issued by Commissioners Court, recognizing May 1st – May 7th, 2016 as “National Correctional Officers’ Week.”
This week in recognition of “National Correctional Officers’ Week,” Sheriff Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will showcase members of the Detention Bureau for their hard work and dedication.
Currently, the Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau staffs and operates the Jail Annex and El Paso County Detention Facility with an inmate occupancy capability of 2400. In April, 2016, the El Paso County Jail was found in compliance following a four-day unannounced inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
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. – President Ronald Reagan