ServiceWear Apparel announced Jason Parker, correctional officer of the Westville Correctional Facility (WCC), as the 2015 Correctional Officer of the Year. The award honors a correctional officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty in service to his or her facility and community.
Officer Parker’s nomination by administrative assistant, David Leonard, placed him as a finalist. After conducting a nationwide vote over the internet, Mr. Parker was the overwhelming choice, winning a $1,000 grand prize, plus $1,000 worth of apparel for Westville Correctional.
Officer Parker has served the Indiana Department of Corrections for over 14 years managing work crews, overseeing high-security transports and maintaining safety for everyone who steps foot on the premises of WCC. You can read Mr. Parker’s full winning nomination, as well as those of the other finalists here.
ServiceWear Apparel executive vice president, Jim Burnett, presented the award to Officer Parker at a presentation in the office of Indiana governor, Mike Pence. Parker remarked, “After reviewing the nominations of the finalists, I am humbled to have been selected by my peers. To have my family in the Governor’s Office for the presentation is an honor that none of us will ever forget.”
Sgt. Dennis McGill of Edinburgh Correctional Facility earned the runner-up award and will receive $500 in apparel for his correctional facility.
Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, noted, “Indiana Department of Correction staff work in one of the most stressful and under-appreciated fields of public service. For Indiana to have both the winner and runner-up recognized in a national award campaign is an amazing accomplishment for our state.”
For more information on the 2015 Correctional Officer of the Year Award, visit servicewearapparel.com/correctional-officer/ or contact email@example.com.
About Westville Correctional Facility
Westville Correctional Facility was converted from a state mental health hospital to a prison in 1977. It is situated on over 200 acres in La Porte County, and contains minimum, medium and maximum security units. Nearly 3,400 offenders are housed at WCC, and over 2,400 are returned to the community annually from WCC.