Monday, May 6, 2019

Correctional Officers Honored

Correctional Officers' Week May 5-11th

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 Detention Deputy Michael Hand 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 5-11th.

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.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and
Detention Deputy Michael Hand
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 2018, the Mesa County Detention Facility processed 6,653 people and provided more than 630,000 meals. On July 23, 2018, the Mesa County Detention Facility housed a record high of 629 inmates.

Deputy Edward Innes
EOW 9/27/1906
“The dedicated men and women who work inside our detention facility, 24/7, 365 days a year, play a vitally important role in keeping our Community safe. Their job is difficult and not one many people want to do,” said Capt. Art Smith. “Today, this week, we need to say Thank You to these professionals for their service to our Community.”

Being a detention officer can be a dangerous job. The names of 713 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.  Learn more about Deputy Edward Innes here

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.