Monday, May 2, 2016

SMCSO Recognizes National Correctional Officer Week

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established “National Correctional Officers Week.” Proclamation 5187 set aside the first full week of May each year to commemorate the efforts of correctional officers and civilian personnel who are employed in jails, prisons and community corrections facilities across the country.
The Correctional Officers of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office not only dedicate themselves to providing a safe environment for those who have been incarcerated, but they also contribute to the community at large by monitoring offenders within our neighborhoods through pretrial, home detention, work release, and community work team programs. The detention center employees also assist in the winter season by providing the homeless with laundry services through our church partners Project Warm Program as well as aiding families through the Adopt-A-Family during Christmas. 
The St. Mary’s County Detention Center includes 85 correctional officers including Captain Merican, 13 civilians, and a host of contractual staff (food service, medical, programs, etc.).
On behalf of Sheriff Tim Cameron and Corrections Division Commander Captain Michael Merican, please join the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in recognizing the critical and demanding service these officers and personnel provide to our community.