The Mission of the La Plata County Detention Division:
To provide for the peace and security of the community by maintaining custody of inmates legally committed until release by due process of law.
Welcome to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility Web Page. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office operates the largest detention facility in Southwest Colorado. Operating the newly added 118 bed/ 7 cell block addition in March of 2009, brings the total capacity of the facility to 293. Our detention facility is operated by 59 employees comprised of 48 deputies, 3 civilian support staff, 4 nurses, and 3 cooks directed by Captain Michael Slade. The La Plata County Detention Facility is managed by utilizing the principles of the “Direct Supervision Concept” to ensure the inmates’ critical needs are acquired through compliant behavior.
The Detentions Division houses both males and females who have been arrested on misdemeanor and felony charges by all law enforcement agencies in La Plata County, including the Federal Marshals (USM) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The inmates housed at the facility include pre-trial and/or sentenced inmates to the La Plata County Jail or the Department of Corrections.
The Detentions Division provides the inmates with counseling, drug and alcohol therapy, educational opportunities and inmate worker programs, including Work Release and a Day Reporting Program.
The Detentions Facility is an important and necessary component of the criminal justice system and La Plata County. We strive to maintain a professional environment while maintaining the highest level of security.