Sheriff Applauds Jailers As Part Of National Correctional Officer Week

(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 corrections officers have a difficult job but one that is important to the criminal justice system. He says the job entails much more than just booking and housing inmates. Among other tasks, they are responsible for conduction multiple head counts a day, escort detainees to court or a medical appointment or allow inmates time in the library or gym.

Schmidt says the Sheriff’s Office does their best to recognize the hard work of correctional officers. Correctional Officer Hanna Mueller, who has been employed at the Dodge County Jail since 1999, says officers work together against the many challenges and changes they face. She says they take pride in being one of the top facilities in the state and the country for housing immigration detainees.