National Correctional Officers’ Week

By Steven Zimmerman

We don’t often think of the men and women that work in the El Paso County Detention System. All year long, they are in and out of what could be an explosive situation.

Within the tanks and pods tensions can run high, fuses can be short, and inmates can strike out in anger. Often, that anger directed at other inmates. Other times, the officers are on the receiving end.

“There was once I was there for tickets,” says Able. “I had to sit downtown and got moved to the Annex. That day, man, that day I saw an officer jumped for no reason whatsoever. It happens. I feel bad for them.”

This is something they face every time they clock in.

“I had a cellie that just kept one with this one cop,” said Alejandro. “My cellie just went on him and tried to smash him.”

It’s not an easy job.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating, and dedicating the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers’ Week.  National Correctional Officers Week recognizes the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.  On Monday, May 4th, 2020, El Paso County Commissioner Carlos Leon signed a resolution declaring May 3rd – May 9th, 2020, as National Correctional Officers’ Week in El Paso County

To everyone working in our jails, we thank you for doing a thankless job that most of us would never consider doing. You do a great job.

Thank you!

The photo album is from the lunch and goodie delivery: