Re-institute squad meetings before each shift.
Steps Taken: For the Sheriff’s Office, Custody squad meetings were re-instituted in February 2016. The Office of Standards and Inspection Unit (OSIU) is in the process of developing a training plan that include a variety of learning paths for long term development. Staff assigned to the Elmwood Women's facility receives gender-sensitivity training. A department-wide protocol will be developed after further input from stakeholders such as the Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
Custody Health (CHS) staff has reviewed all policies for gender responsiveness and appropriate changes were implemented. A two-tiered mental and physical health screening system was developed and implemented in Intake Booking. All policies have been distributed to staff, reviewed, trained to, and implemented.
CHS conducts annual eight hour “8A Officer Training,” which provides an overview of mental illness, developmental disabilities, psychotropic medications, legal issues/patients’ rights, suicide prevention, and de-escalation strategies.
The Sheriff’s Office has been able to make significant progress on training. Four hours of PREA training is provided in the academy, and custody bureau staff complete 2 hours of biannual refresher training. All Custody Bureau staff has completed 16 hour Behavioral Health and De-Escalation training. All Sheriff’s Office staff will complete Crisis Intervention Training by December 2019. Implicit Bias training is on-going. The Sheriff’s Office has completed overview training on the new LGBTQI policy and will conduct more in-depth training beginning in July. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Probation Department to adapt their training curriculum on Gender Responsiveness to a custody setting and began training in February. The Office is also completing Mindfulness Training this quarter and will continue to provide quarterly reports on training to the Public Safety and Justice Committee on all training topics.
This Summarized Recommendation has been completed.
Budget Status: The Board approved the following:
- FY 2016 Adopted Budget: 1 Sheriff’s Correctional Sergeant position and 1 Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy position ($314,500) were added for the Professional Compliance unit, now known as the Operational Standards and Inspection Unit (OSIU).
- November 2015: Also for the Professional Compliance Unit, now known as the Operational Standards and Inspection Unit (OSIU),1 Sheriff’s Correctional Lieutenant, 1 Sheriff’s Correctional Sergeant, and 2 Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy positions were added ($741,000)
- FY 2017 Adopted Budget: 5 Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy positions and 1 Clerk position ($827,539) were added to the Operational Standards and Inspection Unit to support policy and compliance work.
County Administration and the department are evaluating to determine if additional resources are needed.
Source Report(s): Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations, Human Relations Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Grand Jury
Responsible Department(s): Sheriff’s Office, Custody Health Services
Master List Nos.: 16-21, 178, 326, 537
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on December 19, 2016