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Biography of Pat Woodin, Chief of the Detention Services Division
The Jefferson County Detention Facility, or county jail, is the central detention facility for all law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County, including local police departments. The county jail houses inmates and pretrial detainees who have been committed to the custody of the sheriff. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Detention Services Division mission is to remain responsive to community needs, maintain a safe and secure facility and provide varied services and programs for stability and enrichment.
The work/education release program was developed jointly with the courts as an alternative to incarceration. The program allows sentenced individuals who meet specific criteria to serve time while maintaining employment or attending schooling in the community. Program eligibility depends on recommendation from the inmate's sentencing court, a review of criminal history and thorough medical and psychological examinations. Those placed in the program must pay a per diem rate that is adjusted based on their ability to pay. Work release fees go to the county's general fund.
The Detention Services Division recognizes the importance of orientation and training upon assignment. All newly hired deputy sheriffs receive training in Sheriff's Office policies and procedures through a field training program.
The Special Operations Response Team comprises 14 detentions deputies specially trained to deal with events such as prison disturbances, riots or fires within the jail facility. SORT members also work outside the jail facility, transporting high-risk prisoners. providing specialized court security in high-risk instances and assisting the SWAT team in riot or crowd control.
The Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) actively pursue intelligence information to ensure for a safer community and safer detention facility. The mission of the GIO is three part- first, to identify and validate gang members held in the detention facility, secondly, to provide relevant information and expertise regarding classification or housing recommendations for inmates with gang associations, and lastly to provide gang intelligence and training support to Sheriff's Office personnel.
Every arrestee who arrives at the jail must first be processed through booking. The unit ensures the legal, accurate, timely and safe processing of arrestees before they are moved to housing modules. Staff members record general information, such as name, physical description, charges, bond information and emergency contact information in the booking process. Deputies then obtain photographs, fingerprints and iris scans of arrested persons for identification. Finally, medical and counseling staff screen each arrestee before he or she is moved to the appropriate housing module.
More than 20 deputies are ensure the security of the county government center. Their duties include making in-court arrests pursuant to judges' orders, confiscating weapons and otherwise securing the courtroom areas and escorting defendants and witnesses in high-profile cases in and out of the building. The court security unit also has a K-9 team specializing in explosive detection.
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for transporting inmates to and from other jail facilities throughout Colorado. The transportation unit ensures the safe transfer of inmates between facilities. Transportation staff is also assigned, when necessary, to take inmates for specialized medical care at local hospitals. In 1995, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office started Transports Across Colorado, a cooperative effort between counties to assist each other with inmate transports. This effort saves each agency miles and money. Since 1995, Jefferson County has saved more than $3 million in transportation costs through the program.
The Warrants Unit receives warrants from courts and enters all felony warrants into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and FBI-run database that makes information on arrest warrants available to law enforcement agencies in every state. This unit also confirms any warrants available to law enforcement agencies in every state as well as confirms warrant information for patrol deputies who believe they are holding wanted suspects.
The Fugitive Unit is responsible for returning fugitives for whom arrest warrants have been issued when - following legal processes - they are available for return to Colorado. The unit also makes arrangements for extradition of fugitives to other states that are apprehended in Jefferson County. The unit also participates in the Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group (FLAG), a metro-wide task force serving high-risk arrest warrants.
The Civil Unit is responsible for service and execution of civil processes in Jefferson County, as directed by the courts. The five-person unit serves papers, such as eviction notices, temporary restraining orders and summonses for appearance in small claims court. The unit serves approximately 10,000 papers per year.
More than 870 inmates work in a years' time as Inmate Workers. More than 288,000 hours are logged by workers assigned to the custodial, laundry, outside worker and food service crews.
The Inmate Recreation Unit is responsible for the inmate recreation schedule and activities.
The Inmate Education Unit secures educational services, namely the GED program.
The Facility Safety deputy works with a maintenance supervisor to propose, install and implement upgrades to the facility in addition to providing safety training, and conducting fire safety and evacuation drills.
The Chaplaincy Unit provides 52 weekly program offerings to inmates.
The Classification Unit is responsible for determining the best housing within the detention center for inmates.
The Counseling Unit trains sworn and civilian staff as well as offers services to inmates.
The Food Services Unit provides more than 1,350,000 meals a year to inmates.
The Medical Unit is ACA accredited and maintains patient safety through medical appointments.
The Inmate Services Unit provide customer service such as reminding citizens of court dates, preparing bonds, managing inmate accounts and visits, and managing sentences, court dates and release dates.
The Discliplinary Hearing and Investigations are responsible for cases within the Detentions Center.
Patricia Woodin began her career in the reserves in 1985. Two years later, she began the academy and then to the Patrol unit for four years. Her involvement in the newly developed Interdiction unit led to a promotion as Intel Investigator in 1992. Her repertoire included executive protection, complex crimes, liquor enforcement, and narcotic suppression.
As a sergeant she oversaw the Detentions Division. Her career gravitated to staff inspections for several years as well as property investigations. Her return to the Detentions Division was armed with the ranking of lieutenant with booking, transportation and court security units as areas of priority. Her focus then moved to Professional Standards overseeing Internal Affairs, grants and honor guard.
In 2008, Woodin became captain and was instrumental in the development of the newfound south precinct. The Sheriff’s Office welcomed Pat Woodin as the chief of Investigations in June of 2012.
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