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Proposed revision to Law Enforcement standard 72.8.1 relating to detainee checks

At the November 2019 Covington, KY meeting of the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee (SRIC) the committee directed staff to post the following standard and requested changes to the clients for comments.  Please post your comments or send correspondence to CALEA by Friday, January 24th, 2020.



(M M M M) 24-Hour Monitoring of Detainees

A written directive requires 24-hour monitoring of detainees by agency staff to include:

  1. a documented face-to-face count of the detainee population at least once every shift; and
  2. documented face-to-face observation of detainees by agency staff at least every thirty minutes when an agency does not have the capability to observe detainees by audio/visual monitoring or;
  3. a documented visual check will occur at least every thirty minutes with audio/video by agency personnel, and
  4. a face-to-face check will occur hourly, when an agency has the capability to conduct audio/video monitoring.


Twenty-four-hour Regular monitoring of detainees is essential for maintaining their security and ensuring their safety and welfare of detainees. Monitoring, as used in this standard, assumes agency staff is present in the same building that houses the holding facility and not at a remote location. One intent of this standard is to prohibit delegating supervision to a trustee. In addition to a count of the detainee population at least once every shift, other counts may be necessary prior to and following certain activities, such as night lockup, recreation, and meals.

Care should be taken during physical checks that the detainee does not anticipate the appearance of agency staff. Detainees who are security risks should be under closer surveillance and require more frequent observation. This classification includes not only detainees who are violent but also those who are suicidal or mentally ill or demonstrate unusual or bizarre behavior.

Agencies are encouraged, but not required, to introduce direct physical observation checks whenever possible, but detainees may be observed through visual surveillance equipment.

Time sensitive standard. (M M M M)

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