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ACCC Honors Home Detention Officers/Special Deputies for “2023 National Police Week”
During “National Police Week,” we honor the brave men and women in who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our communities and pay special tribute those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty while serving and protecting others. We thank them for their service and sacrifice and stand with them in solidarity. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the dedication and hard work of our law enforcement officers everywhere and express our gratitude for all that they sacrifice to keep us safe.
The history of “National Police Week” dates back to 1962, when President Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as “National Peace Officers Memorial Day.” This day was set aside to honor law enforcement officers who had fallen or been disabled while serving their communities. The calendar week in which May 15th falls was then designated as “National Police Week,” in recognition of the devoted and selfless work of law enforcement officers to protect the communities and citizens of our nation through the enforcement of our laws, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton amended the declaration to include the direction that the United States flag on all government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 15th, unless that day is also “Armed Forces Day,” which is commemorated on the third Saturday in May.
Join us this week as we honor and extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to our own Home Detention Officers/Special Deputies for their commitment to protect and serve. Our law enforcement team works tirelessly putting their lives on the line every day to protect ours and to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants and community. Their dedication and commitment to serving the public is a shining example of the selflessness and bravery that characterizes our law enforcement community. Thank you for all that you do, and for your service to our community!
ACCC Honors Employees for Correctional Officers & Employees Week
Happy National Correctional Officers and Correctional Employee Week to all of the hardworking individuals at Allen County Community Corrections! We want to take the opportunity this week to recognize and express our appreciation for our team’s dedication and commitment to behavior change and community safety.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as “National Correctional Officer/Employee Week” to honor correctional officers who demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and strength in their challenging and demanding work environment. The following year, this same week was also established as “Public Service Recognition Week” to acknowledge all federal, state, county, and local government employees who work tirelessly to serve their communities and promote and protect the public interest.
ACCC employs and supports a large team who serve as agents of change in the field. Join us in thanking them for their dedication and commitment to their duties, working daily to promote those we serve while also focusing on the well-being of our community. Their compassion and professionalism are a testament to their unwavering commitment to rehabilitation and to justice. We are grateful for the skills and sacrifices made every day and for the positive impact each ACCC employee has.
Join us in recognizing and thanking all of our dedicated employees during this very special week.
To our excellent team- thank you for all that you do! Your hard work and dedication truly make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many Allen County residents. We are grateful to have each of you.
ACCC Honors Administrative Staff for Administrative Professionals Day
Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Today, we want to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the hardworking staff members who keep our agency running smoothly. Your dedication, professionalism, and support are truly invaluable, and we are grateful for all you do. From fielding phone calls to tirelessly supporting the agency, and ensuring that our operations run seamlessly, your contributions are essential to our success. Your tireless efforts often go unnoticed, but we see and appreciate the important role you play in our agency. Thank you for your hard work, commitment, and positive attitude. You truly make a difference in our workplace.
Happy National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to ACCC Communications Division Staff!
Occurring this year from April 9th through April 15th, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) is celebrated every second week of April to express gratitude and to acknowledge and honor the often unseen work of telecommunications personnel in public safety.
Seventeen (17) telecommunications staff are employed by ACCC in its Communications Division, working around-the-clock and 365 days per year. Thousands and thousands of phone calls from ACCC program participants are received and handled yearly by ACCC’s Communications staff, comprised of both Dispatchers and Monitoring Technicians. Each of these interactions require a sense of calm while simultaneously demonstrating assertiveness, kindness, compassion, empathy, and respect when assisting participants in their times of stress, worry, and uncertainty.
In addition to closely monitoring the precise locations of hundreds of individuals who are court-ordered to GPS monitoring each day, Communications staff process participants’ weekly schedules, install and troubleshoot participants’ monitoring equipment, and provide safety and classic dispatch services to ACCC’s Home Detention Officers/Special Deputies. To effectively manage these important duties in their professional roles, the Communications Division staff must possess and demonstrate many hidden superpowers which include maintaining calm when chaos presents itself, efficiently multi-tasking while under great pressure, reading and typing faster than the speed of light, actively listening with focused determination to hear fine details and collect all information needed to relay to Officers in the field and ensure their safety, and super strength to pick themselves back up when needed!
ACCC acknowledges and honors each of their public safety telecommunicators during the week of April 9th. ACCC thanks you for your tireless efforts, professionalism, and dedication to the mission of ACCC and to public safety. Agency-wide and county-wide, each of you truly makes a difference.
ACCC Celebrates Employee Appreciation Day!
Happy Employee Appreciation Day to all of our amazing team members at ACCC! Today, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for the hard work, dedication, and commitment that each of them brings to our profession. We are continually impressed by their creativity, innovation, support for one another, and their willingness to go above and beyond to achieve our shared goals and serve our community.
ACCC employees, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our mission and for your role in creating a positive and supportive work environment. On behalf of the entire organization, we want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to each of you. Your commitment to evidence-based practices and your dedication to your craft are essential to our success, and we are grateful for all that you do.
Happy Employee Appreciation Day!
Those Who Live in Freedom Will Always Be Grateful To Those Who Helped Preserve It
Initially established to celebrate world peace and the end of World War I, Veterans Day has evolved from “Armistice Day” into a national holiday honoring current and former members of the United States Armed Forces who swore an oath to protect our country.
Each year on November 11th, we recognize and honor the millions of men and women who have selflessly answered the call to serve in our nation’s armed forces. Our country’s greatness is built on the foundation of their courage and sacrifice.
On this Veterans Day, let us commit to always remember and honor the contributions made by our nation’s veterans; let us show our appreciation for those who have been willing to risk it all to ensure our nation and our values endure.
To those who have served and those who continue to serve, ACCC wishes you a Happy Veterans Day! We owe you our thanks, but more than that we owe you our freedom. To those who secure our way of life… Thank You for your bravery, your service, and your sacrifice.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother and serves, as he best can, the same cause” – Abraham Lincoln
ACCC Honors Employees for Correctional Officers & Employees Week
Celebrated the first full week of May, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week will be observed from Sunday, May 1st to Saturday, May 7th, 2022, to honor employees’ steadfast dedication to public service in the field of corrections. Executive Director Kim Churchward and Assistant Director Danielle Edenfield currently manage and mentor 136 dedicated individuals employed by Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) in 7 unique agency divisions.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week to honor correctional officers, who exemplify professionalism, integrity, and strength in the face of a difficult and often demanding work environment; and in 1985, that same week was set aside as Public Service Recognition Week to commemorate the individuals who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees who work to better serve the public and the communities in which they live.
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are,” and that’s exactly what staff at ACCC do. ACCC employees consistently rise to meet every challenge presented to them and fulfill an important, but often unseen, public service without any expectation of recognition or praise. The field of corrections and community supervision, especially for those who work on the front lines serving often our communities most in need, can be taxing and stressful. Despite the challenges each of their varied professional roles present, ACCC employees persistently show up with a smile, support one another while also supporting the citizens that we serve, and work efficiently to protect our community.
To honor the persevering work ACCC staff do, and the sacrifices they make for their community, ACCC, and its participants, ACCC will be acknowledging each of their employees the week of May 1st for their dedication, commitment, and contributions as public servants in the field of corrections. To all ACCC employees past and present, ACCC celebrates and appreciates you for your service and could not fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.
ACCC Honors Administrative Staff for Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated the Wednesday of the last full week of April to recognize the immeasurable contributions of devoted and valued administrative professionals.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals defines administrative professionals as individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an office-related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in their chosen profession.
Thirteen (13) administrative staff are employed by ACCC in four (4) different, unique divisions of the agency’s seven (7) divisions. With incredibly diverse, continually evolving responsibilities and roles among ACCC’s administrative staff, these thirteen (13) are alike in that they wear many hats, exhibit grace under pressure, and often go above and beyond their regular scope of duties for the divisions they support and the agency at large.
In appreciation for all ACCC’s Administrative personnel do behind-the-scenes to maintain office decorum and seamless day-to-day operations, ACCC acknowledges each of their invaluable administrative staff Wednesday, April 27th, for their hard work and unwavering dedication to ensure smooth operations and support staff in any way they can. The work these thirteen (13) staff do is essentially the glue that holds ACCC together. ACCC sees and celebrates you, appreciates you, and could not function efficiently and fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.
ACCC Communications Staff Honored for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) is celebrated every second week of April to express gratitude and acknowledge and honor the work of telecommunications personnel in public safety. Seventeen (17) telecommunications staff are employed by ACCC in its Communications division, working round-the-clock, 24 hours day, 7 days a week.
On a daily basis, ACCC’s Communications Staff receive and document thousands of phone calls yearly from program participants, beginning and ending each with a sense of calm while remaining level-headed and telephonically demonstrating assertiveness, kindness, compassion, empathy, and respect when assisting participants in times of stress, worry, and uncertainty. As if that’s not enough, ACCC’s exceptional multi-tasking Communications Staff also closely monitor the whereabouts of over 500 individuals on average on GPS-monitoring/electronic monitoring each day, in addition to installing and troubleshooting participants’ monitoring equipment, processing over one million GPS alerts yearly, processing clients’ weekly schedules and dispatching Home Detention Officers.
To honor the work ACCC’s Communications staff do and the sacrifices they make for their community, ACCC and its program participants, and field personnel, ACCC acknowledges each of their public safety telecommunicators the week of April 10th. ACCC celebrates you, appreciates you, and could not fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.
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