General Order 72.9
TEMPORARY HOLDING CELL DETENTION

Last Revised: 03-01-2017

SUBJECT: TEMPORARY HOLDING CELL DETENTION

This order consists of the following numbered sections:

72.9.1    Holding cell (Olympia Police room 150)

72.9.2    Juvenile status offenders and non-offenders

72.9.3    Attention to detainee physical needs

72.9.4    Time limits

72.9.5    Securing detainees to fixed objects

72.9.6    Fire protection plan

72.9.7    Security measures

72.9.8    Holding cell training

72.9.1 Holding cell (room 150)

The police department has a holding cell to use for temporary detentions. The use of the holding cell is restricted to the short-term holding of adults and juveniles accused of a criminal offense.

I.    Detainees are the responsibility of and will remain under the continuous control and supervision of the officer placing them in the holding cell. The detaining officer shall perform and document welfare checks on detainees every fifteen (15) minutes on a detention sheet. A welfare check consists of a face-to-face check to ensure the welfare and presence of each detainee. Video surveillance is not considered a welfare check. The detaining officer or shift supervisor will also maintain routine observation of the holding cell video while the detainee is in the room.

II.    When the detainee is a juvenile, the detaining officer will enter the appropriate information on the juvenile detention sheet.

III.    When the detainee is an adult, the detaining officer will enter the appropriate information on the adult detention sheet.

IV.    The detaining officer will advise the on-duty supervisor when a detainee is housed in the holding cell.

V.    Only one person shall be detained in the holding cell room at a time.

72.9.2 Juvenile status offenders and non-offenders

The holding cell cannot be used to detain juvenile status offenders and/or non-offenders.

I.    A status offender is defined as “a juvenile who has been charged with or adjudicated for conduct that would not, under the law of jurisdiction in which the offense was committed, be a crime if committed by an adult”; e.g., runaways, truants, curfew violators, underage alcohol offenses (MIP/MIC), and youth who violate a court order or have a warrant calling for his/her arrest related to a status offense.

II.    A non-offender is defined as “a juvenile who is subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, usually under abuse, dependency, or neglect statutes, for reasons other than legally prohibited conduct of the juvenile.”

III.    Juvenile status offenders and non-offenders will be detained in an unlocked room other than the holding cell. Securing juvenile status offenders and non-offenders to fixed objects, while in a temporary detention room, is not permitted. When available, officers will use the Olympia Police Department interview room (145) for temporarily detaining juvenile status offenders and non-offenders.

IV.    The detaining officer is responsible for maintaining continuous control and supervision of temporarily detained juvenile status offenders and non-offenders.

V.    The detaining officer shall perform and document welfare checks on detainees every fifteen (15) minutes on the juvenile detention sheet. A welfare check consists of a face-to-face check to ensure the welfare and presence of each detainee. Video surveillance is not considered a welfare check.

VI.    When a juvenile is detained in the interview room, the shift supervisor or assigned officer will maintain routine observation of the interview room using the video system.

72.9.3 Attention to detainee physical needs

The officer placing a detainee in the holding cell is responsible for ensuring that the detainee is provided with access to water, use of restrooms, and attention to other needs that may arise during detention.

72.9.4 Time limits

I.    Generally, detainees will not be held for more than two (2) hours.

II.    In the event that circumstances prevent immediate release of a juvenile detainee (inability to locate a juvenile’s parent or guardian, temporary unavailability of CRC space, etc.), the officer may hold the detainee more than two hours. Under no circumstances will a juvenile be held longer than six (6) hours, during which time the detainee will remain under required observation and supervision.

72.9.5 Securing detainees to fixed objects

If an adult or juvenile arrested for a criminal offense is restrained or secured to a fixed object inside the holding cell, the detaining officer will log a check of the restraints during each welfare check. (Juvenile status offenders and non-offenders are not allowed in holding cell or to be secured to a fixed object (see 72.9.2, III)

72.9.6 Fire protection plan

I.    Fire reporting and response procedures for temporary detention room(s) are specified in the Department building safety plan.

II.    A copy of the evacuation route for the holding cell is posted outside the holding cell door.

III.    In the event evacuation is required, the officer responsible for placing the detainee in temporary detention, or his/her designee, evacuates the detainee, requesting whatever assistance is necessary.

72.9.7 Security measures

I.    The following security measures govern the use of the holding cell:

II.    The holding cell is locked at all times while occupied by a temporary detainee and unlocked while empty.

III.    The holding cell is equipped with a video monitoring system, and is to be monitored by a supervisor or the assigned officer while it is in use. Continuous monitoring minimizes escape risk and assists in ensuring detainee and officer safety.

IV.    The officer placing a detainee in the holding cell will search the detainee prior to placement in the room.

V.    The officer placing a detainee in the holding cell is accountable for inspecting the room prior to and immediately following its use to ensure there is no damage, weapons, or contraband.

72.9.8 Holding cell training

Police officers and corrections officers will be trained on temporary detention procedures during field training.