“Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as ‘guards,’ occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.” – President Ronald Reagan, National Correctional Officers Week Proclamation 5187, May 5, 1984
The first full week of May is officially recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Calvert County employs 75 dedicated Correctional Deputies and 16 professional civilian staff with the shared mission of safely and securely housing offenders from our community.
The Calvert County Detention Center is staffed with well-trained professionals and deputies who must adhere to established laws, operate under a strict doctrine of conduct, meet Federal and State Standards, and conform to the highest levels of ethics, morals, and personal conduct at all times. We recognize Corrections as an honorable profession, with deep roots in our community, and generations of correctional professionals living within Calvert County who served quietly and admirably behind the walls of local jails and prisons.
We remember those who gave their lives preventing escapes, escorting and transporting dangerous offenders, and performing the daily tasks of a Correctional Officer around the nation, while we remain very thankful for our safe tours of duty here within our own facility.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed that the first week of May 2019, be known as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week in Calvert County. It was further proclaimed that the appreciation of all Calvert County citizens be extended to the Calvert County Detention Center in observance of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.
The flag that is flown at the Calvert County Detention Center is replaced each year and is given to the Correctional Officer of the Year. This year the flag was presented to CDFC Ross Montgomery.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon