A Week to Honor Public Safety and Correctional Employees

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Towson, MD (May 2, 2011)---Close to 12,000 unsung heroes will be honored for their dedication this week, during Maryland Public Safety and Correctional Services Employees’ Week. Every year, by proclamation from Maryland’s governor, the first full week in May is set aside to recognize the accomplishments by Public Safety employees in state correctional facilities, Parole and Probation offices, and the many other divisions within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).

DPSCS includes the Division of Correction, which operates more than 20 state prisons and pre-release centers; the Division of Parole and Probation, supervising more than 71,000 Marylanders in all corners of the state; the Patuxent Institution treatment prison; the Baltimore City pre-trial facilities, including Central Booking, one of the busiest in the nation; the Maryland Parole Commission; the Emergency Number Systems Board, which provides training and funding to all state 9-1-1 centers; the Police and Correctional Training Commissions; and a number of smaller but equally important agencies.

Division of Correction Employee Appreciation Events By Region

Baltimore Region: Monday, May 2 from noon-2 at St. Frances Academy on Eager St. This event includes correctional staff from five Baltimore City DOC facilities and the Baltimore City pretrial facilities, whose combined employment is more than 3,000.

Jessup Region: Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at Md. Correctional Institution for Women, 7943 Brock Bridge Road This event will feature correctional staff from several DOC facilities and Patuxent Institution. Total DOC employment in Jessup is more than 2,000.

Hagerstown Region: Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm. at Hagerstown Community College This event features employees from three DOC prisons which employ more than 1,500.

ECI Westover:Memorial Service for deceased employees on Wed., 5/4 at 9 a.m. and employee appreciation event Friday, May 6. ECI is Maryland’s largest prison and the lower Shore’s largest employer with more than 830 employees.

Cumberland Region: Public Safety Awards Ceremony at Allegany Community College on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. DOC’s two Cumberland prisons employ more than 1,000.