Security Division

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau, Security Division is comprised of a group of over 270 dedicated men and women who are proud of their ability to ensure inmates are housed in a safe, secure and constitutionally sound manner.

The dedicated men and women of the Security Division provide vital services to an approximate daily average of 1,500 inmates.  The inmates are housed in one of 23 wards 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 that frequent 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: 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.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Gang Intervention Network (GangNet) is an auxiliary unit composed of deputies from both the Law Enforcement and Detention Bureaus.  Members actively participate with other law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, social service agencies and other entities to cultivate and provide intelligence, intervention, investigation and identification of criminal gang activity.  The GangNet unit also conducts gang related training for law enforcement and other agencies. 

Since the 1990’s, the Criminal Justice System has faced many difficult situations: Citizens are demanding longer sentences and a harder stance on crime, while challenging the costs of incarceration, public safety and quality of life in our communities.  This leaves us in a precarious situation; the courts, both locally and nationally, are forced to try to balance the excessive costs of incarceration with the safety of the community. Longer sentences, recidivism and higher demands placed on our judicial system have kept facilities overcrowded and pondering the question, “How do we fix this?”   It is with this dilemma, that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has fuelled two pioneering, prolific programs to reduce our jail population, criminal recidivism and prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as a productive member of our society.

General Information

Attention All Visitors

The following information will guide you through the process for scheduling visitation and will also provide valuable information on how to access our phone scheduling system.

Our goal is to provide quality service to you, the public, and enable you to schedule a visitation time that is more convenient to your schedule, family and social lifestyles. Your patience and cooperation are always appreciated.

Since the 1990’s, the Criminal Justice System has faced many difficult situations: Citizens are demanding longer sentences and a harder stance on crime, while challenging the costs of incarceration, public safety and quality of life in our communities.  This leaves us in a precarious situation; the courts, both locally and nationally, are forced to try to balance the excessive costs of incarceration with the safety of the community. Longer sentences, recidivism and higher demands placed on our judicial system have kept facilities overcrowded and pondering the question, “How do we fix this?”   It is with this dilemma, that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has fuelled two pioneering, prolific programs to reduce our jail population, criminal recidivism and prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as a productive member of our society.

The responsibilities of the team cover a large gambit of duties, which have expanded since the original implementation of the team. Some of these include: Forced Cell Extractions, Open Area Containment, Riot Control, Mental Health Pick Ups, High Risk Extraditions and Transports, High Risk Jury Trials and Site Visits, and supplemental duties to the SWAT Team.

The mission of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Program is to provide non-violent, sentenced inmates the opportunity to continue their livelihood, education or therapy while serving their sentence. Individuals participating in the Work Release Program are able maintain their employment, pay restitution for their crimes, and continue supporting their families while being incarcerated.