Joshua Kanavel awarded Correctional Officer of the Year by apparel company

From left are ServiceWear Apparel Executive Vice President Jim Burnett, Officer Joshua Kanavel and Sgt. Billy Pollard.

From left are ServiceWear Apparel Executive Vice President Jim Burnett, Officer Joshua Kanavel and Sgt. Billy Pollard.

By Lt. Richard Jones, AA/Public Information Officer
California City Correctional Facility

ServiceWear Apparel recently presented Joshua Kanavel, Correctional Officer at California City Correctional Facility, with its Service Spotlight Award for Correctional Officer of the Year. The award honors a Correctional Officer who has gone above and beyond to serve their correctional facility and community.

Officer Kanavel was nominated by Sgt. Billy Pollard, also of the California City Correctional Facility. Officer Kanavel was named as one of six finalists. After a nationwide vote, he was the overwhelming choice. In addition to the national recognition, Kanavel was awarded a $1,000 grand prize, plus $1,000 worth of Horace Small apparel for his correctional facility.

According to his coworkers, Officer Kanavel is known throughout the prison for his work ethic and energy. He is respected by his peers and appreciated by his supervisors because of the way he treats others. You can read Kanavel’s full winning nomination, as well as those of the other finalists, at https://www.servicewearapparel.com/correctional-officer/finalists.php (Editor’s note: Website may not be accessible from a CDCR computer).

ServiceWear Apparel Executive Vice President Jim Burnett presented the award to Officer Kanavel on Oct. 5 at the correctional facility.

“We created the Service Spotlight Award to shine a light on those unsung heroes in government that far too often do not get the recognition they so well deserve,” Burnett said.

Burnett was joined by Associate Warden Christy Torres who praised the efforts of Kanavel and his fellow California City Correctional Officers.

“We are extremely proud of Officer Kanavel, and the positive recognition he has received. He represents the department with the highest of standards, and this award is well deserved,” said Warden David Long.

From left are ServiceWear Apparel Executive Vice President Jim Burnett, Officer Joshua Kanavel and Associate Warden Christy Torres.

From left are ServiceWear Apparel Executive Vice President Jim Burnett, Officer Joshua Kanavel and Associate Warden Christy Torres.

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