The Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has embarked on several activities to pay tribute to, and recognize correctional officers and their civilian staff throughout May, 2022.
The events marking Correctional Workers Week are expected to punctuate the entire Month of May. Director of Corrections Mr. Hilary Herman explained that he is quite happy that plans did not have to be shelved as occurred in 2020 and 2021.
“As was the case with many organizations, our annual plans in recognition of Correctional Workers Week was put on ice, due to the pandemic. We are happy that this year, we can go ahead with the observance. We hope to get both the staff and the community excited and involved in our activities. We are taking a very visible approach this year. I would like to take this opportunity as Director, to congratulate our hardworking officers and dedicated civilian employees. I encourage them to keep up the good work, as we embark on Correctional Workers Week. I would also like to say that the Minister for Home Affairs Dr. Virginia-Albert Poyotte will feature prominently in some of our activities and we thank her and the Ministry for the support. I wish us all a very successful Correctional Workers Week”.
Meantime, Deputy Director Mr. Terrence Leonard says the recognition is one that originally emanated from the United States of America but has been adopted by many countries since then.
“Our Correctional Officers and by extension our other members of staff at the Facility usually work in what can be described as a very demanding environment that would mean essentially going beyond the call of duty every day is almost the norm. Therefore, we believe there must come a time when we should pause long enough to reflect as a community on the contribution of correctional workers, show appreciation for the sacrifices and risks they encounter in the line of duty and motivate them to keep up the good work.”
The theme ‘Together, Pressing Forward” has been selected to capture the spirit of the organization during their special observance.