This poem is dedicated to the forgotten ones, the correctional officers. I would like to commend these courageous men and women for doing a helluva job of maintaining safety and security in the jails and prisons/ as correctional officers, we know how difficult a task it is to perform our daily duties; Now I would like to let everyone else know.
Just as the men and women in blue attend roll call before their tour of duty,
It takes a correctional officer to deal with society's undesirables, the
During our tour of duty not only are we correctional officers we are also; police officers,
with all of this in mind at the beginning of our tour...
We will stand tall beneath our hats.
With pride we wear our shields.
And with unity, integrity, and professionalism,
Like soldiers we march side by side into our unpredictable institutions both
Bona fide and qualified to handle any situation that may erupt.
So please, do not call us "prison guards"
Acknowledge us as professionals
And address us as correctional officers.
Philadelphia Prison System
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