Detention Division


The Department Detention Division exists for the processing, care, and management of individuals held in lawful detention. With a staff of over 300 employees, the Detention Division is committed to serving the people of the State of California and County of Sonoma by providing a secure, safe, and humane environment for both the staff and inmates.

The Detention Division's goals in support of this mission are:

  • To comply with California Minimum Jail Standards and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws and the standards set forth by the California Medical Association;
  • To apply the principles of direct supervision as developed by the National Institute of Corrections;
  • To develop and support staff through constructive supervision, leadership and training, and maintenance of high employment standards;
  • To offer inmates an opportunity for rehabilitation through participation in religious, educational, recreational, vocational, and work programs;
  • To release inmates back into the community in better condition medically & psychologically than when they came into custody;
  • To manage our resources in a professional, efficient, and cost effective manner;
  • To foster a custodial environment that supports positive inmate behavior and provides discipline for misconduct.

 

This mission will be fulfilled through the Division's commitment, dedication, and best efforts.


Main Adult Detention Facility

The Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF) was opened in 1991. This "new generation" facility was based on a "direct supervision" design, as opposed to the "linear" design of the County's earlier jails. Originally designed to hold close to 500 inmates, the facility quickly reached it's housing capacity and an expansion was opened in 1997 to provide an additional 290 beds. The facility is a medium/maximum security facility, housing both pre-trial and sentenced inmates.

 

The direct supervision concept at MADF encourages officer contact with inmates and emphasizes the use of interpersonal communication skills. Officers provide a leadership role and make themselves available to inmates by using the new generation/direct supervision model for inmate management.

 

Currently, facility staffing includes 145 Correctional Deputy, 18 sergeants, 5 lieutenants, and one captain. Support staff includes 29 legal processors, 22 detention assistants, 18 cooks and 7 janitors.

 

The primary duties of a Correctional Officer are the supervision and care of inmates while in custody. In addition to these duties, there are a variety of other assignments and specialty positions Correctional Deputy can work. These positions are either incorporated into their daily assigned positions, or are three- year assignments. These positions include:

  • Specialized Emergency Response Team (SERT)

  • Facility Training Officer (FTO)

  • Mental Health Core Officer

  • Male Special Core Officer

  • Central Control Officer

  • Court Holding/Movement Officer

  • Gang Intelligence Officer

  • Contact Visiting Officer

  • Classification Officer

  • Disciplinary Grievance Officer (DGO)

  • Program Officer

 

In addition to the above assignments, two Correctional Sergeants and two Correctional Deputy are assigned to the Administration Division as:

  • Internal Affairs Sergeant

  • Background Investigations Sergeant

  • Background Investigator

  • Training Coordinator



Central Control

Central Control is the alarm and control center for the facility. A Central Control Officer must successfully complete a 3-week training program and possess excellent multi-tasking skills. A Central Control Officer integrates, coordinates, and monitors all security, safety and communication systems in the Main Adult Detention Facility, to ensure order, security and safety for staff, inmates and visitors.

Classification Officer

A Classification Officer is responsible for performing risk assessment on inmates and assigning them to appropriate housing accordingly. Classification officers review all available information about inmates such as charges, past in-custody behavior and gang affiliation, and make independent decisions that affect the safety and security of the officers, inmates, and the facility. In addition, classification officers review, document inmate behavior, monitor the status of inmates in special housing, respond to emergencies, monitor population levels and initiate housing changes and transfers.


Contact Visiting Officer

A Contact Visiting Officer is responsible for coordinating contact visits and interviews with professional visitors for inmates. They also monitor all contact visits to ensure the safety of the visitor in the facility. In addition to these duties, the contact-visiting officer conducts numerous tours of the facility for educational institutions.

Court Holding/Movement Officer

A court holding/movement officer is responsible for the movement of inmates to and from court holding cells. While inmates are waiting to go to court, court holding/movement officers supervise and monitor the behavior and actions of inmates staged in the court holding cells. When inmates are finished with court, court holding/movement officers escort them back to their assigned housing.

 

Disciplinary Grievance Officer

A Disciplinary Grievance Officer is responsible for issues arising from inmate misconduct. Disciplinary Grievance Officers investigate allegations of inmate misconduct, investigates and responds to inmate grievances, and conducts disciplinary hearings on inmates. In addition, disciplinary grievance officers may investigate inmate claims arising from incarceration.

 

Facility Training Officer

The Facility Training Program is a program designed to train new Correctional Deputy in the operations of the facility. This program is twelve weeks long with four phases and is structured to smoothly transition new employees into solo Correctional Deputy. Most new Officers will do an additional phase at the North County Detention Facility. The phases are three weeks long with different training officers on varying shifts. During the first two phases the new employee is trained to become familiar with the facility, post order operations, and policy and procedures. The last two phases are for the new employee to apply what they have learned, and work as a solo officer with the training officer "shadowing" them. The new employees receive evaluations of their performance daily and at the end of each phase. Upon successful completion of the training program, the new employee graduates and begins working completely solo.


Gang Intelligence Officer

The primary responsibility of the Gang Intelligence Officer is to identify inmates at both the MADF and NCDF who are members, associates, or affiliates of street or prison gangs. They will also provide training to detention division staff by teaching in-service training and on-the-job training classes in gang awareness and gang updates. Additionally, they investigate any inmate behavior, activity, or incident reflecting gang behavior or involvement.

 

Male Special Core Officer

Male Special Core officers are Correctional Deputy that are trained to work in the male special module. Inmates in this module are highly sophisticated, demonstrate aggressive behavior, pose a threat to staff and other inmates alike and have proven they are unable to abide by the rules and regulations of the facility. The male special module is a maximum-security area and is designed differently than any other module. This module is staffed with three officers on swing shift and day shift, and two officers on grave shift. This is due to the number of officers needed for safety around certain high-risk inmates. Safety for staff and inmates within this module, as well as the rest of the facility, is top priority.


Mental Health Core Officer

The MADF has two modules that house inmates who are under constant mental health supervision. Each inmate in these modules has an internal behavior code (IBC) that describes their ability to function within the module. Correctional Deputy that show an interest in becoming a Mental Health Core Officer are selected by the mental health Sergeant and attend in-house training and updates. Working within the mental health modules requires excellent communication skills, patience, tolerance, and good officer safety.

 

Specialized Emergency Response Team

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Detention Division's Specialized Emergency Response Team (SERT) was founded in 1987. Today, a team of Correctional Deputy, are extensively trained in self-defense, cell extraction, the use of specialized equipment, and crowd control techniques. Supervised by one Lieutenant and two Sergeants, the SERT team trains monthly to keep updated on numerous tactics incorporated with emergency response. The primary objective of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Detention Division SERT team as clearly stated in their mission statement is:

  • To re-establish or maintain the integrity of a safe and secure environment
  • To save, maintain, and protect life and property
  • To provide and maintain a well trained, well equipped professional unit for lawfully and ethically ensuring order, safety and security for staff, inmates and the public.

 

Program Officer

The Detention Division also offers a variety of classes and programs to inmates who are eligible. A program officer is responsible for carrying out the direct coordination, scheduling, and support of organized inmate programs. These classes are held in classrooms at the MADF and NCDF and include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol/Drug Awareness
  • Anger Awareness/Management
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • General Education (GED)
  • Orenda
  • Parenting Class
  • Bible Study
  • Art Class
  • Religious Services

 

Many inmates enjoy taking classes and those who have not received their high school diploma receive a graduation ceremony, including a diploma, upon their successful completion of the general education program.

 

Training Coordinator

A Training Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all annual mandatory training required by the board of corrections for the detention division. A Training Coordinator also provides and hosts various in-house courses for staff, and participates in the Bay Area Training Officers Association. In addition, a training coordinator prepares quarterly reports, annual financial reports, and hosts/coordinates the Sonoma County Sheriff's Offices Citizen's Academy.

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North County Detention Facility

The North County Detention Facility (NCDF) is located five miles north of Santa Rosa at 2254 Ordinance Road. Adjacent to the Charles M. Schulz Airport, the site originally housed the Santa Rosa Army Airfield (SRAAF) during World War II. After WWII, SRAAF was deactivated and subdivided into several parcels. In 1967, one of these parcels became the "honor farm" for 35 minimum security inmates. The facility grew to house the rated capacity of 559 inmates until April 1997, when 172 inmates were moved to the expansion at the Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF).

 

The NCDF sits on 15.3 acres with 9.62 acres for the facility and 5.91 acres used for the Agriculture Program. Facility inmate programs are coordinated by the Program Officer and benefit both inmates and the county. To be eligible for work crew programs, inmates are classified at booking and cannot have violence charges, escape histories, or disciplinary behavior problems. Currently, there are over 200 work crew inmates in variety of work details on & off site which include:

  • MADF and NCDF Laundries

  • Commissary and Food Services

  • Facility Ground, House Keeping and Janitorial

  • Cal Trans, Road and Dump Crews

  • Equipment Garage, Fairgrounds, and Airport

  • MADF Booking and Sheriff's Car Wash

  • Supervised Adult Crew and Extras

  • Agriculture

 

Currently, facility staffing includes 51 Correctional Deputy, 4 sergeants, one lieutenant, and one captain. Support staff includes 7 legal processors.

 

As with the Main Adult Detention Facility, the primary duties of a Correctional Officer are the supervision and care of inmates while in custody. In addition to these duties, there are a variety of other assignments and specialty positions Correctional Deputy can work at NCDF. These positions are either incorporated into their daily assigned positions, or are three- year assignments. These positions include:

  • Specialized Emergency Response Team (SERT)

  • Facility Training Officer (FTO)

  • Classification Officer

  • Disciplinary Grievance Officer (DGO)

  • Program Officer

 

Classification Officer

A Classification Officer is responsible for performing risk assessment on inmates and assigning them to appropriate housing accordingly. Classification officers review all available information about inmates such as charges, past in-custody behavior and gang affiliation, and make independent decisions that affect the safety and security of the officers, inmates, and the facility. In addition, classification officers review, document inmate behavior, monitor the status of inmates in special housing, respond to emergencies, monitor population levels and initiate housing changes and transfers.

 

Disciplinary Grievance Officer

A Disciplinary Grievance Officer is responsible for issues arising from inmate misconduct. Disciplinary Grievance Officers investigate allegations of inmate misconduct, investigates and responds to inmate grievances, and conducts disciplinary hearings on inmates. In addition, disciplinary grievance officers may investigate inmate claims arising from incarceration.

 

Facility Training Officer

The Facility Training Program is a program designed to train new Correctional Deputy in the operations of the facility. This program is twelve weeks long with four phases and is structured to smoothly transition new employees into solo Correctional Deputy. Most new Officers will do an additional phase at the North County Detention Facility. The phases are three weeks long with different training officers on varying shifts. During the first two phases the new employee is trained to become familiar with the facility, post order operations, and policy and procedures. The last two phases are for the new employee to apply what they have learned, and work as a solo officer with the training officer "shadowing" them. The new employees receive evaluations of their performance daily and at the end of each phase. Upon successful completion of the training program, the new employee graduates and begins working completely solo.


Program Officer

The Detention Division also offers a variety of classes and programs to inmates who are eligible. A program officer is responsible for carrying out the direct coordination, scheduling, and support of organized inmate programs. These classes are held in classrooms at the MADF and NCDF and include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol/Drug Awareness

  • Anger Awareness/Management

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • General Education (GED)

  • Orenda

  • Parenting Class

  • Bible Study

  • Art Class

  • Religious Services

Many inmates enjoy taking classes and those who have not received their high school diploma receive a graduation ceremony, including a diploma, upon their successful completion of the general education program.

 

Specialized Emergency Response Team

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Detention Division's Specialized Emergency Response Team (SERT) was founded in 1987. Today, a team of Correctional Deputy, are extensively trained in self-defense, cell extraction, the use of specialized equipment, and crowd control techniques. Supervised by one Lieutenant and two Sergeants, the SERT team trains monthly to keep updated on numerous tactics incorporated with emergency response. The primary objective of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Detention Division SERT team as clearly stated in their mission statement is:

  • To re-establish or maintain the integrity of a safe and secure environment

  • To save, maintain, and protect life and property

  • To provide and maintain a well trained, well equipped professional unit for lawfully and ethically ensuring order, safety and security for staff, inmates and the public.

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