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County Executive Elrich Urges Residents to Recognize ‘National Correctional Officers and Employees Appreciation Week’

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Montgomery County is joining in the recognition of National Correctional Officer and Employees Week from May 1-7. In 1984, former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first week in May as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week in recognition of the important work performed by correctional employees. In 1996, Congress changed the name of National Correctional Officers Week to “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week” to acknowledge and celebrate the women and men who serve by working in corrections. 

“The last few years have been really hard on our correctional officers  and employees,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “They have remained very focused on doing their jobs and committed to keeping themselves and the residents of our jails safe. And this was before we had vaccinations. I appreciate them for their diligence and they continue to play a key role in keeping our County safe. I ask the people of Montgomery County to join me in saluting the officers and employees of MCDCR during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and encourage everyone to acknowledge what they do to ensure the safety and welfare of our community.”

National Correctional Officer and Employees Week is designed to redefine correctional officers and employees and highlight how their work can change lives. Far too often, correctional system workers do not receive recognition for their role as public safety professionals.

“The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation is proud to recognize our employees, who are unsung heroes,” said Angela Talley, director of the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “The men and women of our workforce are the strength of our department and carry the mission of public safety and rehabilitation admirably and selflessly—despite the obstacles faced. Their work during the pandemic has been remarkable and comes with many challenges and sacrifices. They deserve our recognition and thanks, not just during this week, but all year long.”

Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation will be distributing awards to employees this week who were recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance over the past year.

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Release ID: 22-266
Media Contact: Barry Hudson 240-300-7348