AFSCME Council 18

New Mexico Honors Public Safety in May - National Correctional Officers and Police Officers Week

In this update:

  • Multiple County Commissions Pass Proclamations Honoring Public Safety
  • AFSCME Council 18 debuts testimonial film, "Dignity and Dedication to Public Safety Careers"
  • New Mexico Legislature Passes "Corrections and Detention Officer Day" at Capitol

In One Voice: AFSCME Members Fight for the Dignity of Public Safety Careers

America is as strong as it is today because of what unions did in the past and what we continue to do today. There is much work ahead in the fight to improve lives of working Americans. We are at seriously at a dangerous precipice. If AFSCME or any unions buckle one bit, our society goes downhill fast.  
- Connie Der, AFSCME International VP & Council 18 Executive Director

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and National Police Officers Week are perfect opportunities for Elected Leaders to reckon with the tough work being done by AFSCME public safety officers.

Doña Ana County Commissioners will vote on a proclamation honoring National Correctional Officers and Employees Week at their May, 9 2017 meeting beginning at 10am. Read the proclamation below.

AFSCME thanks these County Commissions for taking action, recognizing the vital work of our public safety operations and honoring our collective bargaining rights: Santa Fe, Grant, Sandoval, San Miguel, Taos, Valencia, Rio Arriba, and Luna Counties.

These counties have, or will, officially recognize the work of AFSCME Corrections, Detention, and Law Enforcement Officers with proclamations this May.

Officers are encouraged to attend commission meetings or call and thank their county commissioners for remaining vigilant and supporting the collective bargaining rights of public safety officers. FIND MY COUNTY COMMISSIONER or call 505-350-2200.




May 7-13, 2017

WHEREAS, public safety is a primary function of County government and responsible detention of persons arrested for unlawful activities is an integral aspect of our criminal-justice system; and

WHEREAS, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week is an annual commemoration held during the first full week in May to recognize correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons and community corrections throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan established the first “National Correctional Officers” week in 1984, noting the ever-expanding multidisciplinary responsibilities of correctional officers; and

WHEREAS, Congress changed the name to “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week,” in 1996 in order to recognize the crucial work done by civilian corrections employees and volunteers; and

WHEREAS, corrections officers, employees and volunteers at the Dona Ana County Detention Center must ensure that all individuals held in detention are treated in a humane and respectful manner in accordance with their civil rights, their need for medical and psychological services, and their access to programs that will support their return to community life; and

WHEREAS, staff at the Dona Ana County Detention Center are often called upon to carry out multiple roles simultaneously and in a professional manner while working in stressful and sometimes dangerous conditions; and

WHEREAS, it is the distinct pleasure and privilege of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners to bestow Proclamations, and all residents of Doña Ana County are represented by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, and therefore speak with a united voice through the actions and deeds of this Board,

NOW THEREFORE, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners does hereby proclaim

May 7 - 13, 2017 to be National Correctional Officers And Employees Week in Doña Ana County

PROUDLY PROCLAIMED this ____ day of ________

Legislators in both the House and Senate passed Memorials during the legislative session declaring February 23, 2017 as "Correctional Officer and Detention Officer Day."

Our allies on the legislature coordinated the memorial's passage to be on the same day as AFSCME Council 18's Eighth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast, in Santa Fe. Our members were recognized and guests on both the Senate and House floors during the reading.

Read the memorials here: Senate Memorial 89 and House Memorial 69

Thanks for reading, "Solidarity is how we win!"

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