NCSO remodels Truckee jail, dispatch
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office recently completed an extensive remodel of the substation jail in Truckee, to increase security at the facility and address shortcomings noted in the 1997 Civil Grand Jury Report.
Former jailer Bobby Alvin Rutledge Jr. committed a series of sexual misconduct crimes at the jail in 1997 involving female inmates. He was sentenced in April 1999 to seven years and 8 months in state prison for his offenses, which included illegal strip searches.
The new security measures allow the dispatcher on duty to monitor the interior of the jail, and special safeguards are in place for the section housing female inmates, NCSO Capt. Gary Jacobson said.
“We expanded the amount of video cameras in the correction facility and installed an alarm on the entry door to the female housing unit,” Jacobson said. “The alarm will sound any time the door to the female section is opened and the monitoring system will lock the camera onto that door. It will automatically be recorded on video.”
Because dispatchers now control access to the jail, the dispatch center has been secured to limit access, Jacobson said.
“We have also given dispatchers a work area and it is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” he said. “We have also increased the number of video monitors in dispatch and can now record all telephone calls and radio transmissions from officers.”
Other improvements recommended in the grand jury report have now been completed, including construction of a more secure evidence room and implementation of better evidence handling procedures.
“We have made it possible for officers to place evidence in specially built storage lockers,” Jacobson said. “Once it is placed, it can only be accessed by the evidence technician.”
The sheriff’s office also constructed a new interview room at the substation, allowing a quieter place for officers to conduct interviews.
“All of the changes have made a more efficient working operation for staff and the facility,” Jacobson said.
The jail, which was used on a limited basis for months following the discovery of Rutledge’s offenses, is now back in operation with four female jailers – one for each work shift.
The sheriff’s office is seeking other personnel to work as jailers and dispatchers at the facility.
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