James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Joe Hamilton, Acting Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926

MAY 3, 1999

May 2-8 is Correctional, Probation and Parole Officers Week

RALEIGH — Gov. Jim Hunt has proclaimed the week of May 2-8 as "Correctional, Probation and Parole Officers Week" in North Carolina.

In recognition of this special week, the North Carolina Department of Correction will honor its 1999 Officers of the Year during an awards ceremony to be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 5. The ceremony will take place in the Department’s conference room located at 2020 Yonkers Road, Raleigh, N.C.

Sixteen officers have been chosen for this year’s honor from more than 11,500 correctional and probation/parole officers statewide.

Officers recognized from the Division of Prisons include Thomas C. Ashley, Dan River Prison Work Farm; Milton R. Briscoe, Cleveland Correctional Center; Joe Floyd, Hoke Correctional Institution; William F. Holloway, Tyrrell Prison Work Farm; James H. Horne, Neuse Correctional Institution; James E. Langston, Wake Correctional Center; Roger B. Lee, the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women; Michael P. McIntyre, Southern Correctional Institution; G. Danny Ray, Buncombe Correctional Center; Terry L. Rutan, Caledonia Correctional Institution; and Ricky L. Ward, Johnston Correctional Institution.

Officers recognized from the Division of Community Corrections include Vernon J. Bryant, Judicial District 6A in Halifax; Stephen Wood, Judicial District 11 in Smithfield; Christopher Oxendine, Judicial District 18 in High Point; John M. Cyrus, Judicial District 26 in Charlotte; and Charles Harris, IMPACT- West in Morganton.

In proclaiming May 2-8 as Correctional, Probation and Parole Officers Week in North Carolina, Gov. Hunt said correctional and probation/parole officers should be recognized for their role in ensuring the safety of the general public, correction staff and offenders.

The department’s more than 11,500 correctional and probation/parole officers are responsible

for the supervision of more than 150,000 offenders and often must perform their work under adverse and hazardous conditions, while continuing to meet the high standards set by their profession and the expectations of the public.

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