Message from Secretary Crews: Corrections Employee Appreciation Week

On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.”  Since then, the first week in May has been marked by celebrations to honor the work of correctional officers, correctional probation officers and correctional personnel nationwide.

This year, the Florida Department of Corrections will observe Corrections Employee Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2013.  This is a time to recognize the dedication and commitment to public service that each of you demonstrate on a daily basis and remember the sacrifices made by fellow officers.  I speak for the entire Executive Leadership Team when I say how proud we are to celebrate the contributions each of you make in advancing our Agency’s mission and to thank you for the job you do.

We have faced some great challenges this past year but because of your hard work and dedication, we have also experienced many accomplishments.  The continued implementation of the Transition from Prison to Community Initiative (TPCI) and other evidence based practices are assisting in the successful re-entry of inmates and offenders into their communities, thereby reducing recidivism and victimization for all of Florida’s citizens.  The partnerships you continue to foster in your respective communities with local and state partners as well as public and private entities are providing external stakeholders with valuable insight into Department operations and enhancing the image of the Department.  These accomplishments are not a result of any one person, team or program – whether you are one of the more than 17,000 certified staff who puts your life on the line every day to ensure public safety, or the 6,000 additional members who directly and indirectly help the Department function on a daily basis – we celebrate our successes because of the efforts of each and every one of you.

Governor Scott has signed the attached proclamation showing his support of Correctional Officers and Employees’ Week and facilities and offices statewide will be hosting events to celebrate throughout the week.  In conjunction with Corrections Week, we will be honoring our Fallen Heroes during a Wreath Laying Ceremony on May 13 and also recognizing our Annual Award winners in a ceremony on May 14.

Again, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication.  Corrections Week is about each of you and I hope you are as proud to be a part of this Department as I am and to be among the dedicated DOC professionals working to move this Agency forward every day.  I am honored for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary.

Michael D. Crews
Secretary

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