Whether you are at a county office in our Government Center or attending court in the secure Justice Center, providing you with a safe environment in which to do business is the responsibility of the Court Services Division.
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 and four deputies are responsible for courtroom security, prisoner movement, security requests and general building security, while two 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 200 inmates from the county jail to the Justice Center each month. In 2011, deputies responded to 764 security requests made by court staff or county employees working in the Justice Center.
59,215 people entered the Justice Center through the secure screening station. Each person and their belongings are checked and scanned. As a result, over 1,382 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. A subject was profiled each week. Of the 52 subjects profiled, 35 of the subjects were located after their profile was published in the paper and shown on cable TV. Ten subjects profiled in 2010 were also captured in 2011. Deputies have also been assigned to work with Child Support and area law enforcement agencies to locate subjects with warrants for non-payment of their child support.
The Sheriff has a responsibility to transport individuals to and from court as a part of his constitutional duty to attend to the courts. Pursuant to court orders, writs, warrants, and judgments of conviction, deputies in the Court Services Division transport a wide variety of prisoners throughout the state on a daily basis. In 2011, the Sheriff’s Office expended approximately 5,685 man hours and covered 89,068 miles associated with prisoner transports.
Four (4) prisoners were extradited back to Wisconsin to face criminal charges in 2011. These extraditions were from four states: Cook County, IL; Hennepin County, MN; Dallas County, TX; and Gus Harrison Correctional Adrian, MI.
Most extraditions transports are conducted by a contract service under the direction of the Court Services Division.