(La Porte, IN) - People working in prisons and jails locally and throughout the nation are being recognized for their efforts. It’s National Correctional Officers’ week nationwide under a declaration in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.
La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd said correctional officers are often forgotten but they’re a major component of law enforcement. “The risks they face both visible and invisible are unimaginable,” he said. Boyd said the slaying of prison guard, Lt. Gene Lasco, at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City in February is a prime example of the dangers of the job.
He also said five jail officers in the La Porte County Jail were assaulted last year and three officers have been assaulted, so far, this year. "It’s crucial during the National Correctional Officers’ Week that we remember the importance of their mission and the dangers associated with their job,” Boyd said.
Local members of the Girl Scouts this week presented boxes of cookies to officers in the La Porte County Jail to give thanks to them for their dedication and efforts.