Commissioners distance jail from sheriff’s office following takeover
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — Benton County commissioners have been in control of the Benton County Department of Corrections for two days, and some changes are being made.
The vehicles used to transport inmates have been covered. Tape has been placed over “sheriff’s office” on the side of the van. In order to comply with the law, anything displaying the word must be removed or covered.
Inside the jail, corrections officers removed all their patches, badges and gave up their commission cards. The cards were issued by the sheriff when it was under his control.
The cards give them authority to make a lawful arrest, carry guns and arrest people within the facility such as warrants in court. They also show confirm the officers are maintaining training requirements.
It’s not clear what the new logo will be or when commission cards will be distributed to the officers.