Monday, May 6, 2019

Mesa County Salutes the Service of Detention Deputies

Today, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 6-12, 2019, as Correctional Officers Week in Mesa County, and recognized the importance of the service of detention deputies in our community and in communities across the nation.

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis stands alongside The Joint Color Guard of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Correctional officers in local jails across the country admit and process more than 10 million people a year, with nearly 800,000 offenders in jail at any given time nationwide.

Correctional Officers Week, May 6-12, 2019 in Mesa County. The Joint Color Guard of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office proceeds to the public hearing room to present the colors.
Correctional officers who work in our county jail are responsible for the safety, containment, and control of over 500 inmates a day, as well as the maintenance of a safe and secure facility.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Detention Deputy Michael Hand accept the Correctional Officers Week proclamation on behalf of the men and women who work in the Mesa County Jail.  
Correctional officers are trained law enforcement professionals dedicated to maintaining secure correctional facilities and ensuring the public’s safety.

From left to right: Commissioner John Justman, Sheriff Matt Lewis, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Detention Deputy Michael Hand, and Commissioner Rose Pugliese. 

Sheriff Matt Lewis, right, and Detention Deputy Michael Hand, left, accept the proclamation and recognize correctional officers in Mesa County and across the nation.
To date, there have been more than 700 correctional officers killed in the line of duty.  The names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was dedicated in 1991 in Washington, D.C.

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