The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau, Security Division is comprised of a group of approximatley 285 dedicated men and women who are proud of their ability to ensure inmates are housed in a safe, secure and constitutionally sound manner.
The men and women of the Security Division provide vital services to an approximate daily average jail population of close to 1,500 inmates. The inmates are housed in one of 25 wards, 5 Female and 20 Male, within the Criminal Justice Center. Each ward houses between 27 and 94 inmates. Deputies and Detention Specialists complete various security and welfare checks, housing inspections and remain diligent in their observations in order to ensure the safety and security of employees and inmates at the Criminal Justice Center. Both sworn and civilian employees are ultimately responsible for maintaining custody and control over the ever increasing inmate population. While the deputies are managing their wards by walking around and communicating with inmates without any bars or barriers separating them, Security Technicians are monitoring and recording every action with the assistance of a highly sophisticated video surveillance system. Security Technicians are very instrumental in routinely preventing, observing and reporting suspicious and dangerous activity.
The intricacies, operation and atmosphere created within the Criminal Justice Center have been compared to a small suburb within a major city. All of the major components of physiological needs are represented. Three healthy and balanced meals are provided daily to inmates, while honoring any religious, dietary and medical needs. All food preparation and laundry services are performed on site. Inmates have access to some of the same resources as they are accustomed to outside of the facility. Our on-site contracted medical provider is capable of performing most medical and dental procedures. When inmates require more extensive or intricate care, they are transported to an appropriate medical facility. They remain under the direct supervision of a deputy sheriff while they are out of the facility.
The Sheriff’s Office is very supportive of the Visitation program and other programs that are provided to incarcerated inmates. We understand and encourage inmates to maintain family ties during periods of incarceration and take advantage of the many community and rehabilitative programs we offer. Some of the programs offered are: GED, Alcoholics Anonymous, yoga, anger management, basic math, Bible study, veteran services, Gateways through the Rockies and the Reintegration and Recovery Program; just to name a few.