Tallahassee, Fla. (February 3, 2016) – The Florida Sheriffs Association announced that Deputy Julie Sienko of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2016 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference, is given to one corrections officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty.
Deputy Sienko is well-known for her outstanding work ethic and consistent efforts to better those around her. She began her career with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office seven years ago, working in nearly all areas of the facility. During this time, she has become a vital member of the office. The deputy is known to assist in the training of new employees though she is not an assigned field training officer, and has personally thought of various ways to improve the quality of life for both staff and inmates at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. Her dedication, volunteer work and numerous process improvement methods are celebrated.
Deputy Sienko goes above and beyond to contribute to a humane environment in the correctional facility by regularly encouraging inmates to make positive changes in their lives. She ensures that all inmates are treated with fairness and respect and even personally purchased more than 100 books for the inmate library.
“Deputy Sienko shows that she has a passion for learning new things and improving old ones,” said Sergeant Michael R. Clement Jr. “She works hard to find new and improved methods to benefit everyone and is quick to share her passion with others.”
During 2015, Deputy Sienko was awarded both American Jail Association Correctional Officer of the Year and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Robert Moore Award for excellence in Corrections. In addition to her extensive accreditations and dedication to the field, Deputy Sienko devotes her free time to serving others. This is most recently displayed by her sponsoring the education of two under-privileged children in the Dominican Republic. Deputy Sienko took it upon herself to practice Spanish in order to communicate with the children, and then visited them while on a week-long medical mission trip to the country.
“Her dedication to others is a credit to herself and is in keeping with the highest standards of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office,” said Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger. “I am grateful to have Deputy Julie Sienko working for our agency.”
For her dedicated service, the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Star & Shield Group have named Deputy Julie Sienko the 2016 Corrections Officer of the Year. During their annual winter conference banquet, Sienko was given a standing ovation from the 500-plus law enforcement attendees and their supporters.
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Watch Deputy Sienko’s spotlight video here: https://youtu.be/-fTa5NJMz1Q