Every Friday of each month is authorized as an agency wide PRIDE Day, in addition to extra days surrounding state holidays. Employees must pay an annual fee at the beginning of the calendar year, if they choose to dress casual on designated PRIDE Days.
Standards for Dress (OP-110245 Standards for Employee Appearance)
Although the dress code is somewhat relaxed on PRIDE Days, casual attire will be in accordance to policy and will not detract from the professional image of the department. Jeans, if authorized at the facility/unit level for casual day, will be clean and of good quality and repair. Apparel such as sweat/wind suits, t-shirts (except plain or DOC sponsored), shorts, exercise pants, and jogging suits are not authorized for casual days. See attached poster on inappropriate attire for PRIDE Days.
Correctional officers are authorized to wear a regular uniform shirt and blue denim jeans. However, correctional officers must have regular uniform pants to wear if called upon to perform duties outside the facility such as court appearances, transports, or other similar activities. Non-uniform employees with court appearances or other similar activities are expected to maintain normal personal appearance standards during those activities.
Collection of Funds
Donations and annual fees collected for PRIDE Days will be forwarded to:
Administrator of Personnel
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
3400 Martin Luther King
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Checks should be made payable to the DOC Employee Fund. These funds will be receipted and deposited into the DOC Employee Fund account.
Requests for Assistance
An amount up to $500 may be presented to an employee or a member of his/her immediate family, upon the committee’s approval in the event of a catastrophic situation resulting in unforeseeable extreme hardship, crisis or personal disaster. Examples of such events may include, but are not limited to: severe house fires; terminal/critical illness of an employee or a member of his/her immediate family; death of an employee or a member of his/her immediate family; hospice for an employee or a member of his/her immediate family; or extended hospitalization of an employee or member of his/her immediate family. [PRIDE defines an immediate family member as a spouse or dependent child.]
The PRIDE Committee may review other unforeseeable hardship requests on a case-by-case basis that are not specifically listed above. Total disbursements shall not exceed $500 per family for a 12-month period. An exception may be made when both the husband and wife are employed by the Department.
Written requests for assistance will be verified by the facility/unit head then submitted to the administrator of Personnel on the PRIDE DAY Request for Assistance Form. The administrator of Personnel will confer with the other members of the PRIDE Committee which are the executive assistant to the director and a DOC employee representative. The PRIDE Committee will review the request to ensure it meets the above criteria. Upon approval, an amount up to $500 may be disbursed to the employee, based upon the unforeseeable hardship or personal disaster.
If a catastrophic event occurs impacting a large number of employees, such as a tornado or devastating wild fires, the PRIDE Committee has the discretion to disburse an amount less than the traditional $500 based on the availability of PRIDE funds.
The PRIDE Committee also has the discretion to make additional disbursements in the event of a line of duty death.
2013 Approved PRIDE Days
||1-4, 11, 18, 21-25
||1, 8, 15, 18-22
||1, 8, 15, 22, 29
||5, 12, 19, 26
||3, 10, 17, 24, 27-31
||7, 14, 21, 28
||1-5, 12, 19, 26
||2, 9, 16, 23, 30
||2-6, 13, 20, 27
||4, 11, 18, 25
||1, 8, 11-15, 22, 25-29
||6, 13, 20, 23-27, 30-31