The sheriff’s department should implement a rotation policy in adult detention facilities in San Diego to better balance experienced personnel with newer, less experienced deputies, according to a county grand jury report released Thursday.
The department’s lack of a formal rotation policy has resulted in more experienced staff being able to take assignments some consider more favorable toward career enhancement. The scenario often leaves a greater percentage of inexperienced personnel responsible for managing detainees whose behavior and crimes require more sophisticated knowledge that only experience can bring, according to the grand jury.
The panel also recommended more use of body scanners, which have reduced the incidence of contraband in detention facilities where they are used.
In addition, the grand jury recommended the expanded use of video conferencing for arraignments as a means of reducing the need to transport inmates to and from detention facilities.
The grand jury found that while some areas of management need attention at the department’s seven detention facilities, officials in general operate the facilities efficiently and professionally.
—City News Service
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