On May 5th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers Week”. Since then the first full week in May has been marked to recognize and to honor the work of Correctional Officers and Correctional Personnel Nationwide.

In 1996, the U.S. Senate officially changed the name of the week to National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. 

Correctional professionals have a difficult and dangerous assignment and their duty is an essential element of the correctional system.  Corrections officers are responsible for the custodial trust and safeguard of persons that are placed into custody. It's a responsibility that comes with great pride but is also often tested. In times of enormous stress, they are constantly mindful of simple common decency and respect for others, a trait that is often taken for granted.

River Valley Now would like to take this time to thank the many men and women who work in jails, prisons and community corrections who help keep our communities safe. Although it is a difficult and stressful job, thank you for playing a vital role in the criminal justice system You are appreciated!