May 4 to 10 is CNMI Correctional Officers Week

Posted on May 02 2014


Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider jointly declared yesterday the week of May 4 to 10 as CNMI Correctional Officers Week during a proclamation signing at the Department of Corrections Adult Correctional Facility in Susupe.
Corrections Commissioner Ray Mafnas said that correctional officers play a vital role in providing effective and efficient correctional services and programs to inmates and the community.

“We safeguard the public, assuring no disturbances and unrest occur in the facility, that our facility meets their security needs and are treated humanely,” Mafnas said.

The Corrections chief said that correctional officers work under demanding circumstances and face danger in their daily lives.

“They are constantly exposed to potential harm, risking their lives while ensuring the public’s safety and continuing to perform their duties on a daily basis in the most professional and dedicated manner,” he said.

Inos said he recognizes the contributions made by correctional officers and honor the work they do.

“We call upon all citizens to pay special tribute to these men and women who serve the CNMI faithfully over the years,” he added.

Inos noted that correction officers often don’t receive the recognition they deserve, so it’s appropriate that the public honor the contributions and accomplishments made by the men and women of DOC.

“The significant thing about this announcement that throughout this week they will review the status of the consent decree,” Inos said.

“Everyone should join and commemorate the correctional officers’ special week. I thank them for being a part of this community and protecting the community,” he added.

Mafnas noted that they will be taking part in the hearing for the lifting of the consent decree at the U.S District Court on May 15. According to him, the lifting of the consent decree is significant to the department.

Inos also thanked DOC officers for fulfilling the requirements that goes with the facility and its operations.

President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 in 1984, creating a “National Correctional Officers’ Week” and that the first full week of May has since been recognized as National Correctional Officers’ Week to honor the work of correctional officers nationwide.

Jayson Camacho | Reporter
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