Bonham -- The Bonham City Council chambers were filled Monday morning as representatives of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Choice Moore Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Buster Cole Unit and Fannin County Sheriff's Office looked on as Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd signed a proclamation officially recognizing the first week of May as Correctional Officers Week in Bonham, Texas.
Mayor Floyd took a moment to thank Correctional Officers in attendance for performing a difficult and often dangerous job in an admirable way, while also pointing out the dramatic economic impact this large workforce has in North Texas.
Choice Moore Unit employs 253 staff members, Buster Cole Unit employs 210 staff members and Fannin County Jail / Fannin County Sheriff's Office employs 150 staff members. Those 613 salaries turn over seven times in communities across Fannin, Lamar, Grayson and Collin counties.
Correctional Officers Week originated in 1984 when a resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress declaring the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week. This week was set aside to honor the hard work and dedication of correctional officers across the nation. It is at this time that communities across the nation recognize and applaud the dedicated services of all correctional officers.
Texas correctional officers are skilled professionals who preserve the safety of lives and property. While maintaining a professional demeanor, they often perform their duties in the face of hostile, aggressive and intimidating circumstances. Correctional officers serve with distinction in one of the most demanding and challenging professions in all of public service.
Correctional Officers Week in Bonham will culminate with a memorial service to be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Choice Moore Unit in Bonham, Texas.