National Correctional Employees Week
Day after day correctional officers throughout Cattaraugus County enter places where most citizens never want to go –county jail. Behind those locked doors and bars live inmates who broke laws and threatened society, in some cases violently and with no remorse. The work environment of a jail offers a unique set of workplace challenges and often provides few rewards.
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 Employees Week to honor the work of correctional personnel nationwide.
Cattaraugus County Corrections employees serve a vital role in the criminal justice system, diligently working to keep the public safe from dangerous criminals, while providing coordinated rehabilitative services to ensure our inmates’ successful re-entry into our communities. Those working in this profession deserve the thanks and appreciation of all of Cattaraugus County’s residents for their vigilance and dedication.
With that in mind, I encourage the citizens of Cattaraugus County to join me in celebrating Correctional Employees Week, May 3-9th, 2015 and to share in recognizing the exemplary work correctional employees carry out day after day.
Cattaraugus County’s Correctional employees in our jail and in our communities work bravely and tirelessly in hazardous conditions for the benefit of the citizens of Cattaraugus County. I, Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, cannot fully express how proud I am of the Agency’s 74 employees who do so much for their communities and for our county. For these reasons I urge all residents of Cattaraugus County to extend thanks and gratitude to all correctional employees.