Washington County Sheriff - Court Services
In the Washington County Justice and Government Centers, maintaining a safe and efficient working environment for court staff, county employees, deputies and visitors is the responsibility of the Court Services Division. A Sergeant, three Deputies and two Special Deputies are responsible for courtroom security, prisoner movement, security requests and general building security, while two Special Deputies man the screening station at the secure entrance to the Justice Center.
Each day, deputies provide courtroom security for the circuit court judges and court commissioners. On average, Court Services deputies transport over 3,004 inmates from the county jail to the Justice Center each year. In 2017, deputies responded to 3,491 security requests made by court staff or county employees working in the Justice Center.
51,691 people entered the Justice Center through the secure screening station. Each person and their belongings are checked and scanned. As a result, over 1,592 contraband items were seized or prevented from entering the facility. Contraband items include pocket and utility knives, scissors, tools and other items that could potentially be used as a weapon.
The Washington County Most Wanted Program continued with deputies assigned to the Justice Center researching and submitting subjects to be profiled by local media outlets. Of the 44 subjects profiled in 2017, 29 of the subjects were located after their profile was published in the paper and shown on cable TV.
The Sheriff has a responsibility to transport individuals to and from court as a part of his constitutional duty to attend to the courts. In 2018 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office contracted with Lock and Load LLC to conduct the majority of prisoner transports. The Sheriff’s Office remained responsible for medical transports from the jail, and certain mental health transports.