Governor John P. de
Jongh, Jr. has proclaimed May 6-13, 2012
as “Correctional Officers and Employees Week” in the Virgin Islands
to recognize our territory's correctional workers for their professionalism, hard work, dedication and ongoing efforts to protect those in their custody and the public's safety.
Correctional employees serve in an ever-changing profession. All highly trained, these individuals work within their areas of expertise, whether providing medical services, spiritual healing, counseling, case management, food service, sanitation, or facilities
management. Correctional work requires an enormous amount of responsibility to maintain public safety and order, as well as to help inmates develop the skills necessary to become productive members of society.
“We must remember that the men and women who go to work every day in these facilities are responsible for the care, custody and welfare of inmates and detainees throughout the Virgin Islands. Those who serve in these environments deserve our appreciation,” de Jongh said.
The dedicated men and women of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, and specifically the staff at St. Croix's Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility and the Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center and Alva A. Swan Annex jails on St. Thomas, put their lives on the line performing difficult tasks on a daily basis—tasks that can be dangerous, as well as challenging. It is fitting to show support and increase public awareness about the important role correction staff play in our communities.
Governor de Jongh calls upon Virgin Islanders to join him in honoring the territory's correctional officers and staff, and to show our community's sincere thanks for their service and dedication.