Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Highlighting Efforts Of Correctional Staff

(Juneau) Those who make a living behind bars are being recognized as part of National Correctional Officer Week. Since 1985, the first full week of May has been dedicated to recognizing the contributions made by correctional workers. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says last year they looked at how corrections have changed over the last 20 years, this year he wants to look at how corrections has changed over the last two months. Schmidt says each staff member did a fantastic job of implementing new procedures to combat the coronavirus threat. Sweeping changes were made to the jail and to almost every aspect of an officers’ job Schmidt notes. From changes to how an inmate is booked, how an inmate is housed, how meal service is completed, to inmate privileges as well as facility cleaning. Contingency plans were put in place should someone in the jail contract COVID-19 which Schmidt says to this point no one has gotten the virus. He says corrections has always been a dangerous profession but those dangers are only compounded in times of crises. Schmidt says in these difficult times, correctional officers of Dodge County have never lost sight of the goals of their profession. Those goals include the safety of all citizens, safety of fellow officers, the safety of the inmates and the security of the facility. Schmidt says he is always proud to be associated with all of the correctional officers of the county but especially in times of crises, he is particularly proud of how they have stepped up. The sheriff encourages people if they know a correctional officer or come in contact with one to thank them for their service to the community.