The Detention Bureau is the “Gate Keeper” to the criminal justice system in Sedgwick County. Over three hundred men and women work around the clock, seven days a week to ensure the safety of the public, inmates and themselves. The Bureau is responsible for the main facility located at 141 W. Elm. To meet the needs of Sedgwick County, inmates are currently housed in five other counties across the state, due to overcrowding.
Colonel Brian White is a native of Kansas, and has been a resident of Sedgwick County for 29 years and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. Brian started his law enforcement career with the Wichita Police Department in 1989, and retired from the W.P.D in 2018. During his career with the police department he has had assignments as a Patrol Officer, and a Detective in Sex Crimes, Robbery, and Undercover Operations. As a sergeant and a Lieutenant he supervised officers in Patrol, Traffic and the Special Community Action Team. As a Captain he was the Commander for the Patrol North Bureau and the Training Academy. In October of 2018 Brian took a position as an Undersheriff with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
The Detention Bureau of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is composed of the Operations and Support Divisions. Each has a vital role in the efficient operation of the detention facility. The Operations Division addresses the day-to-day work and concerns of housing at times, over 1,500 inmates in a safe, secure and humane manner. The Support Division provides those necessary services to augment and support the Operations Division. Working in a modern pre-trial housing facility is a profession that requires a deep commitment to ensuring that all inmates in the sheriff’s custody are provided with safe and humane treatment consistent with applicable standards, laws and community expectations. A commitment to public service is only the beginning. To become a detention deputy requires that one must first pass a rigorous background investigation, followed by eleven weeks of formal academy instruction. This is then followed by a six-week Field Training Program. All detention deputies are required to receive 16 hours of in-service training each year to remain current with legal issues and industry standards.
Several specialized areas of training are provided also:
- Instructor Development Training – provides deputies experience in instructing others
- Crisis Intervention – instructs deputies how to effectively interact with mentally challenged persons
- Defensive Tactics – hands-on judgment and technique based training for several disciplines of self-defense and force applications