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Escambia County Recognizes Correctional Officers

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Escambia County proudly recognizes May 8-12, 2023, as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. During National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, the county recognizes the men and women of Escambia County Corrections who exemplify professionalism, integrity and strength when faced with challenges and dangers that may put their lives at risk.

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National Correctional Officers week was first proclaimed on May 5, 1984, by President Ronald Reagan to recognize the men and women who work in jails, prisons and community corrections across the country. In 1996, the United States Senate officially changed the name to National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, recognized during the first full week in May.

Correctional officers are trained law enforcement professionals who are responsible for supervising inmate conduct and behavior to maintain security within the facility. The operation of corrections facilities represents a crucial component of the criminal justice system in the United States. Correctional personnel play a vital role in protecting the rights of the public to be safeguarded from criminal activity.

“As we celebrate this week of recognition, we will take pause to show the proper gratitude and appreciation to our corrections staff,” said Escambia County Corrections Director Rich Powell. “We continue the relentless pursuit of fulfilling our role within the criminal justice system. The combination of professions it requires to operate our facilities is lost on most. Our team consists of correctional officers, medical and mental health staff, detention assistants, community corrections officers, and numerous other support staff who diligently maintain the operations within Escambia County Corrections. Without each member of our team, our mission within the criminal justice system fails. It is with great pride, admiration and appreciation that I say thank you for all you do.”

Escambia County congratulates the men and women of Escambia County Corrections during Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

Escambia County Corrections is hiring! Corrections officers receive paid education, training and the chance to make a difference. Starting pay is $21.79/hour with a $2,000 sign-on bonus (contract required). Watch a YouTube video featuring real Escambia County Corrections Officers here. Visit here to apply for Escambia County Corrections today.

Corrections staff enjoyed lunch catered on Monday as part of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The recognition will continue throughout the week.