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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2017
City of Atlanta Department of Corrections Commemorates National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week
Fallen officers, retirees and exemplary staff honored during week-long observance
ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta Department of Corrections (DOC) announced today that it will commemorate National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, May 1 – May 5, 2017, with a week-long celebration of events and activities. Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week, paying tribute to the contributions of those who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.
“The Department of Corrections plays a vital role in the public safety of our city and it’s rare that we have an opportunity to highlight the sacrifice and commitment of corrections officers,” said DOC Chief Patrick Labat. “This celebration provides a platform for the department to pay tribute to officers and civilians who have passed away, reunite with retired personnel, and acknowledge staff who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to keep the citizens of Atlanta safe.”
The DOC will kick off its celebration with a four-mile run/walk led by Chief Labat, the DOC Command Staff, and VIPER Team on Saturday, April 29 at the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail entrance located at 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Other events planned for the week include a memorial prayer service in honor of fallen officers, a retirees’ luncheon, health fair, softball tournament, raffles, prizes, and cookout. The observance will culminate with the presentation of the 2017 Correctional Officer of the Year award and other employee awards presented by Chief Labat.
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