Monday, May 7, 2018

Correctional Officers Honored

Correctional Officers' Week May 6-12th

Mesa County Board of Commissioners
proclaim this week Correctional Officers' Week
MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Today the Mesa County Board of Commissioners officially dedicated this week to Correctional Officers of Mesa County.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Captain Art Smith joined the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing the professionalism and dedication of our detention deputies and staff during National Correctional Officers Week. May 6-12th.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. In Mesa County, this group of professionals are known as detention deputies.

Local jails, like the Mesa County Detention Facility, are complex organizations. On a basic level, a jail must provide its inmate population a number of services, including three meals a day, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, visitation,  recreation, religious programs, as well as access to courts and attorneys. Complicating this task is the diversity of needs within the increasing inmate population while maintaining the safety and security of the 24-hour facility. In 2017, the Mesa County Detention Facility processed 6,465 people and provided more than 630,000 meals. On March 18, 2018 the Mesa County Detention Facility housed a record high 604 inmates.
Deputy Edward Innes
EOW 9/27/1906

“Our detention deputies and staff play a critical role in keeping the detention facility and our community safe,” said Capt. Art Smith. “They do a difficult job that not a lot of people want to do nor have the compassion to do. That’s why it’s important for us to stop and say ‘Thank You.’”

Being a detention officer can be a dangerous job. The names of 707 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. One of those names is Deputy Edward Innes, who was killed by an inmate escaping the jail in 1906. A wreath first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Innes' grave this week to honor and remember his sacrifice.

Please join us in thanking all detentions professionals for not only what they do, but more importantly the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play.