Vail Daily letter: Not a glamorous job, but vital
Vail, CO, Colorado
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers Week.” Since then, the first full week of May has been set aside to honor the men and women who operate and maintain the correctional institutions and detentions centers across the country.
I doubt most of us could ever imagine a daily work environment that includes interacting with the mentally ill, the substance abuse addict, the homeless, the acutely and chronically ill, the violent offender, transvestites and transsexuals, immigrants from all over the world (legal and illegal) with languages, beliefs and dietary habits that would strain any Disney resort.
Yet this is a day in the life of the jail systems and their staff across the United States.
I would like to take this opportunity to honor and say thanks to those Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputies whose job is to staff and maintain the county detention facility.
These professionals are generally not in the public, they do not drive patrol cars through your neighborhoods, or respond to your emergencies. However, they do watch over and take care of people who would rather be someplace else. They deal with issues and see things that most of us would run, not walk, away from.
Being a professional corrections officer takes a special type of person. It is definitely not the glamorous side of the justice system, but arguably one of the most important.
I am grateful for their commitment to the community and to the organization.
Eagle County sheriff