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For Immediate Release
Date: August 9, 2019
Contact: Col. Brian White
Telephone: 316-660-3900

Detention Search 08/9/2019

On August 8, 2019, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of all 22 pods in the detention facility.  100 employees of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office searched the entire Detention Facility, which included 1,158 jail beds, and 1,164 jail inmates.  The search was conducted for the safety and security of the employees working in the detention facility and for the inmates housed in the facility. 

During the past 4 months, Sedgwick County Sheriff personnel in the detention facility have seen an increase in the number of dangerous weapons found during routine cell searches.  The safety and security of our employees and the inmates housed in our facility is paramount. 

Last night, 3 dangerous weapons were located during our search of the facility. Additionally, we located 1 metal outlet cover that is commonly fashioned into a weapon. 

These dangerous weapons are commonly referred to as “shanks”.  The weapons are typically fashioned by inmates out of common materials, such as a door strike plate or an outlet cover. 

We apologize to the citizens of Sedgwick County for the interruption of any of their scheduled visitation time, but the safety and security of our employees and the inmates is our top priority. 

 We are also reviewing preventative ways to combat dangerous weapons being made in the facility. 

Photos of dangerous weapons click here