May 8, 2015
Sheriff and County Executive Recognize National Corrections Officers & Employees Week
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente officially recognized the Corrections Officers and employees that work at the Oneida County Jail in conjunction with this week being “National Corrections Officers and Employees Week” all across America.
County Executive Picente issued a proclamation in recognition of this special week proclaiming it as “National Corrections Officers & Employees Week” in Oneida County. Sheriff Maciol thanked the members for their commitment and dedication along with issuing each of them a letter of appreciation.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Officers’ Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. In 1996, Congress officially changed the name of the week to National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corrections Officers have one of the highest rates of nonfatal on the job injuries. The names of 610 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. These courageous heroes are forever remembered, and their light continues to shine through their memory, and through the selfless men and women who continue to serve each day.
Like most, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility is a highly complex organization. On the most basic level, our jail must provide its inmate population a full array of services, including meals, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, laundry, visitation, mail and telephone, recreation, religious programs, and access to courts and attorneys. Complicating this task is the diversity of needs within the inmate population, the daily processing of inmates through the intake and release functions, and the necessity of maintaining the safety and security of staff, inmates, and the community, which carries a high degree of liability. Last year, the Oneida County Jail processed and admitted 4,313 into the facility.
The Corrections Officers at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated professionals that work holidays, weekends, and during night time hours when most people are sleeping and even during severe weather when most people wouldn’t dare to venture out.