Human Services Celebrates Correction Officers Week

Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) salutes the correction officers currently employed with the department. Commissioner Designee Kimberley Causey-Gomez hailed the hard work and sacrifices of the men and women assigned to the Youth Rehabilitation Center (YRC).

“Correction officers and their staff are well-trained professionals. They are dedicated; the security of the correctional facility is paramount so as to protect the safety of residents and fellow staff members, all while ensuring the safety of the public,” said the commissioner designee.

On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correction Officers Week.” Since then, the first full week in May has been marked to recognize and honor the work of correction officers and correction personnel nationwide.

As Reagan said, “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 correction 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 vital components in the field of corrections.”