The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office paid tribute ladt week to its corrections staff during National Correctional Officers Week (May 6-12).
Pend Oreille County Sheriff Alan Botzheim thanked the officers for their hard work. Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office corrections staff honored were Capt. Geoff Rusho, Sgt. Ed Canavero, Officer Fred Johnson, Officer Dan Emert, Officer Jeff Nichols, Officer Chris Lane, Officer Chris Thibodeau and Officer Michael Destito.
“In 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized correction officers nationwide,” Botzheim said in a press release. “His observation of the changing of the roles of corrections officer proved timeless calling upon the nation to ‘honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.’ ”
In setting aside the week to honor corrections officer, Reagan noted their hard work and responsibities.
While viewed historically as ‘guards,’ occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails, Reagan said in the proclamation that their professionalism, dedication and courage deserve the utmost respect.
“The important work of correctional officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves,” the proclamation reads. “It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.”
Nationwide, correctional officers consistently provide services to an often forgotten population with the utmost professionalism, Botzheim said in the release. Every day, corrections staff are called upon to react to inmate’s basic needs as well as to evaluate and act in emergency situations.
“With a diverse population, Pend Oreille County corrections staff are required to identify and react to mental health issues, medical needs, crisis, and alcohol and drug related situations,” he added. “They also must be prepared to respond appropriately to any instance of violence, confrontation or belligerence making the jail a dangerous, but often forgotten, subculture of law enforcement.”
Botzheim thanked the officers for their hard work and dedication and the sacrifices they make as correction officers
“Thank you for your dedication, professionalism, your service to our county and for making a positive difference every day,” he told the officers in the release.