Since 1985, the first full week of May has been dedicated as "National Correction Officers Week." This is a week to recognize the special contributions made by Correction Officers across the country, specifically the more than 4,000 men and women who serve in the 18 state correctional facilities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

"On behalf of the Romney-Healey Administration, I want to salute the professional work being done by Correction Officers across Massachusetts," said Secretary of Public Safety Edward A. Flynn.

"Through their daily work, done often under dangerous conditions, we are providing safe, secure, and humane correction facilities supported by progressive re-entry programs."

Throughout the week, the Department of Correction will strive to make the public aware of the many heroic acts performed by Correction Officers both on and off the job. Such deeds can involve responding at the scene of a car crash while off duty to providing life saving medical intervention while on duty.

"Correction Officers are key members of the commonwealth's public safety team," said Commissioner Kathleen M. Dennehy. "These law enforcement professionals play a vital role in our criminal justice system, and National Correction Officers Week is a terrific opportunity to recognize their difficult and often dangerous work. Their professional efforts each day help our department to live up to its core values: a commitment to public service through responsible, respectful, honest and caring work."