Deputy Warden of Operations
The security program has 317 uniformed staff assigned to three shifts to provide 24-hour, seven-days-a-week coverage of the facility. This division is managed by the Deputy Warden of Operations. Other professionals assigned to this division include: admissions and discharge process (A&D), property management, compound security, work detail supervision, Special Operations and Response Team (SORT), Canine Unit (K-9), Enforcement Apprehensions Investigations Unit (EAI) and the Special Security Team (SST).
The security program is responsible for developing and maintaining systems that ensure public safety by providing a safe environment for staff, visitors, volunteers and the inmate population. Paramount to ensuring good public safety is maintaining custody, contraband control and reducing opportunities for and effectively responding to disruption and violence in the facility. Uniformed staff monitor inmate activities, conduct counts, and perform vulnerability tests to ensure good inmate accountability. These staff members constantly monitor the facility atmosphere to maintain a strong security presence. Contraband control is accomplished by conducting routine searches and performing random and for cause drug testing on the inmate population. Public safety is also accomplished by supporting re-entry programs effective communication with the inmate population.
Enforcement Apprehensions Investigations Unit (EAI)
EAI investigates violations of the law and/or internal KDOC policy violations. EAI staff also conduct background investigations on prospective employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors. The EAI division conducts quarterly personnel searches and Prison Rape Elimination Act investigations and maintains investigative file documentation.
Special Security Team (SST)
The Special Security Team (SST) is a highly trained team responsible for conducting high-risk, intra-facility escorts and off-site transports to medical appointments and court appearances. The SST is responsible for responding to emergency alarms and contraband interdiction. These correctional officers are trained in facility searches, forced cell extractions, high-risk transports, dispensing chemical agents, hospital duty, stingers and emergency response. All SST members are members of the Special Operations and Response Team.
Canine Unit (K-9)
The K-9 Unit serves to detect and deter the introduction of dangerous drugs and contraband into the facility. This unit also is trained in trailing individuals, tracking techniques and quarterly personnel searches. The K-9 Unit establishes direction of travel on escapes and works with local law enforcement to apprehend escaped felons. Members of this unit routinely respond to requests for assistance from local law enforcement agencies.