The Security Division is supervised by the Director of Security (Captain). This division provides overall security, custody, and confinement of all incarcerates remanded to the custody of the Detention Center by the judicial system. The division is organized into three primary units: Security Operations/Day Shifts, Security Operations/Night Shifts, and the Special Operations Unit.
The Security Operations Unit, probably the most important unit within the Corrections Bureau, is comprised of four independent teams that work 12-hour rotating shifts. Two Lieutenants each supervise two of the Security Operations Shifts that provide 24-hour security coverage of the Detention Center and the Central Booking Unit. Correctional Officers are charged with the general security, custody, and control of the inmate population and physical plant. The duties performed by the uniformed staff of the Security Division are varied and vital to the maintenance of a safe and secure environment for the inmates remanded to our custody and to all Detention Center personnel. The Correctional Officer of today must respond to duties that span the spectrum, from counselor to policeman to medical first responder. Today’s Correctional Officer is an expertly trained, self-motivated, well educated, and responsible individual in an extremely demanding and challenging profession.
The Special Operations Unit is commanded by a Lieutenant and is comprised of the Transportation Unit, the ICE Unit, Emergency Response Team, and Central Booking. Additionally, this Lieutenant was responsible for any other special operations that might occur.
The Transportation Unit is responsible for transporting all adult prisoners to and from local and out-of- county courts, medical appointments, and evaluations within the State of Maryland. This unit is also responsible for transporting juveniles that have been court-ordered to a juvenile facility within the State of Maryland. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office - Corrections Bureau has a fleet of eleven vehicles.
Central Booking Unit
Another major area within the Special Operations Unit is Central Booking, which officially opened for operation in October of 1996. Central Booking is an integral part of law enforcement processing in Frederick County. Police agencies using the Central Booking Unit include the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick City Police, Thurmont City Police, Maryland State Police, Frederick Police Department, Department of Natural Resources Police, and State Fire Marshal’s Office. The processing of an arrestee, with the exception of receiving the positive identification, is usually completed before the police officer has finished the law enforcement component of the process. This translates directly to a speedier return of police to police duties.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement have partnered to enhance the safety and security of Frederick County through local enforcement of Federal Immigration Law. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office participates in two separate I.C.E. programs. They are the IGSA (Inter Governmental Service Agreement) which started July 12, 2007 and the 287(g) program which started April 11, 2008.
Emergency Response Team
The Corrections Bureau trains staff in special weapons and tactics. This unit is utilized for high risk inmate movement, cell extractions, and other specialized situations to include civil disturbances for crowd control.
Video Bond Review System
The Corrections Bureau utilizes a video system designed for conducting court bond hearings, bond reviews, and extradition hearings. This video system is between District Court and Circuit Court and the Detention Center. The system allows the hearings to occur without the offender ever leaving the Detention Center. Utilizing this system eliminates the security risk associated with transport and diminishes the cost of transport. In 2016, this system was upgraded by the Maryland Courts.
The Corrections Bureau purchased a body scanner and began utilizing the scanner in May of 2015. This body scanner is utilized to scan all inmates and Central Booking Offenders when they enter the facility to detect any contraband such as drugs or weapons. This scanner uses a very low dose of radiation to detect metal, plastic, organic and inorganic material in clothes and inside the body. Numerous “positive” scans have been documented since the purchase of the scanner thus preventing the introduction of contraband into the facility ensuring both staff and inmate safety.
The Detention Center added two padded safe cells within the facility to provide a safe and secure environment for male and female inmates who are intentionally attempting to commit harm to themselves. Grant funds to install these cells were awarded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.