This Bureau is under the command of an assigned Lieutenant who reports directly to the Captain of the Detention Services Division. The Administrative Services Bureau is comprised of Detention Recruitment and Training, Professional Standards and the Special Response Team.
Recruitment and Training – Personnel assigned within this unit are responsible for screening all prospective employees and maintain official training records for the Detention Services Division.
Recruitment personnel handle the advertising and announcements of any open positions, screening of applicants to include but not limited to background investigations, polygraph and psychological examinations and all other aspects relating to inital employment within the Sheriff’s Office. The Employment Process
Training personnel are responsible for all continuing education and facilitating the Basis Detention Officer Training Academy.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, in association with the Arizona Detention Association, conducts training academies to ensure each officer is qualified to fulfill their duties as a Detention Officer. Each academy facilitated is conducted at the camp Verde Detention facility. A new academy commences approximately every ten-weeks, or as otherwise needed. The basic academy encompasses 320 hours of training. Each academy has consisted of male and female officers ranging widely in age, background and experience.
The training program is demanding and challenges the recruits mentally, physically and academically, while also laying the foundation for advanced training. The eight-week course is designed to prepare and train Detention Officers in the various aspects of working within the jail environment. the daily care, custody and control of inmates involves not only physical abilities but also requires the officer to have a working knowledge of the law, legal issues, policies and procedures, first responder training, suicide prevention, gang and career criminal tactics, investigations, officer safety and many other areas.
In addition to classroom hours, cadets are trained in self- defense techniques, the use of less lethal weapons systems, cell and body searches, general first aid, crime scene preservation and other various aspects of working in the criminal justice environment. the academy is facilitated by Detention Training Section personnel along with certified instructors within the sheriff’s Office and other criminal justice and civilian agencies who provide professional subject matter instruction.
During a graduation ceremony, outstanding cadets are recognized for their extraordinary efforts during the academy with special awards. Upon completion and graduation from the academy, new officers are paired with veteran officers for an intensive 12-week Detention/Facility Training Program which applies their recent acquired academy training to on-the-job situations.
Professional Standards – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is committed to maintain the integrity of its employees and is dedicated to upholding the trust of the citizens of Yavapai County. To preserve that integrity and trust, YCSO investigates complaints from citizens of the community, inmates, and from internal sources of the agency through its Professional Standards Unit. this unit is additionally responsible for conducting policy revisions, compliance audits, and lesson plan review.
Special Response Team – This team (SRT) is a specially trained team to handle critical incidents where risk of safety and security is threatened. SRT is utilized in situations when the facility resources are unable to maintain or regain control of an area within the facility or its annexes, or when the situation has the potential of posing such a high risk that the special skills and equipment of the team are the most effective option available to the affected area, annex or unit.