Bill Designating ‘Corrections Officer Day’ In New Jersey Gets Final Legislative Approval

Legislation designating July 30th “Corrections Officer Day” in New Jersey has received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor’s desk. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam (all D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland).

The bill named “Fred Baker’s Law” after Senior Corrections Officer Fred Baker who was brutally stabbed to death by an inmate at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg on July 30, 1997, designates July 30th of every year “Corrections Officer Day” in New Jersey to recognize and honor all corrections officers for their hard-work and continuous efforts to keep the residents of New Jersey safe.

“Corrections officers in New Jersey work in extremely demanding conditions and face danger in the workplace every single day. It is important that we honor these individuals for all they do to keep the public safe, and that we never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our facilities,” said Senator Van Drew. “This measure will establish an annual Corrections Officer Day in New Jersey in recognition of all the officers who have made it their life’s work to safeguard the public from dangerous offenders and to help rehabilitate prisoners to make them productive members of society. This day will also honor Senior Officer Baker, who will always be remembered for his bravery and his service at Bayside State Prison, as well as all of those whose lives were lost while working to protect and improve the lives of others.”

“Supervising and overseeing criminals incarcerated in correctional facilities is a stressful and dangerous responsibility; and at its worse, can be deadly,” said Albano. “This is a small gesture to honor the memory of Officer Baker and recognize the commitment of corrections officers throughout New Jersey who toll away daily under very trying circumstances to keep us safe.”

“Corrections officers work under demanding conditions, daily facing situations which threaten their personal safety and well-being,” said Milam. “The perils of the job claimed the life of Officer Baker, but his death does not have to be in vain. This designation will serve as a reminder of the sacrifice he made, and the dedication of New Jersey’s corrections officers, who unlike other professionals tasked with our safety, don’t always get the recognition they deserve.”

The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly and 40-0 by the Senate last month. TLS.

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  1. This is just another Democratic feel good (for themselves) bill.
    Why not just make sure these officers are secure in their jobs and make sure they have the man power and tools to do the job safely.

    Oh, I remember it’s election year, they need to say they did something!

  2. (The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam (all D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland).) = “D” IS FOR DEMOCRAT!!

    How about getting to work, and making NJ more affordable, secure, safe, and business friendly?

    How about re-thinking the rising crime rates, and relaxing the gun laws?
    How about re-thinking the laws not allowing people to carry firearms?
    How about re-thinking the registration fee’s ($65) for motorcycles?
    How about re-thinking ways to lower tolls?
    How about drafting bills that allow volunteer police officers?
    How about drafting bills that block political cronyism?
    How about giving police officers more rights to combat known criminals?
    How about taking away some of the expensive perks to government officials?
    How about drafting laws that are FOR the people, and not AGAINST the people?

    —–but of course all of that defeats your personal & Democratic agenda’s.

  3. #1 & #2 at first i thought the same thing as you “more democrat rubbish” but then i saw that Senator Van Drew sponsored the bill i cant say that. knowing Senator Van Drew personally he is a democrat but a real good one hes a man of honor, and not in it for the power and control hes really a good man through and through, so i say trust him. hes a democrat from 30 years ago which makes him a conservative

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