Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails

Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-04-30
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails
Unit 2 Transcript: Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails
Unit 3 Workbook: Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails
Unit 4 Recording: Intelligence-Led Policing in Jails

Intelligence resources within detention and corrections facilities are valuable to enhance both internal security and broader community safety. This session explores how the Sedgwick County Adult Local Detention Facility leveraged intelligence-led policing to address issues within the jail and the community utilizing various tools and innovative solutions that leverage intelligence from inmates and within the jail.

Leading the discussion is Jared Schechter, the Jail Administrator of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Jared has been working in the corrections and jailing services profession for 25 years and is currently in charge of a 1,200-bed facility and overseeing its 300 personnel and a $32 million budget.

Specifics he covered in this webinar include:

  • An overview of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office’s jail.
  • What Intelligence-Led Policing look like in terms of the stakeholders, operation approach, leadership structure, and focus on risk-mitigation, problem-solving and information-sharing.
  • The steps to take to implement intelligence-led policing by:
    • Being clear on the problem and the goals
    • Employing results-orientated tactics and strategies powered by intelligence.
    • Fostering active collaboration and information-sharing for holistic investigations.
    • Staff accountability and command commitment supported by continuous assessment.
  • What Sedgwick County’s Intel-Led Policing is trying to do – reduce crime within the facilities, identify inmate leaders, remove contraband, increase safety for both inmates and staff, and contribute to addressing community issues.
  • The inception of Sedgwick County’s Intelligence Unit, an overview of the Intelligence Section and the Flex Team, their composition, tasks, and tools used.
  • The high-target areas that were identified to be critical in intelligence gathering.
  • A rundown of the different tools used and the capabilities that allowed for advanced intelligence gathering and data analysis to gain insights into inmate dynamics and social networks.
  • The creative and effective solutions that Sedgwick County put into place to address contraband coming in through personal and legal mail.
  • How a third-party service provider, Guarded Exchange, assists the facility with targeted monitoring of inmate communication.
  • A glimpse into the Flex Team’s operation process to gather intelligence.
  • Examples of the different ways that intelligence-led approach was used in Sedgwick County detention to…
    • Identify how contraband is sourced, stored, moved around, and distributed.
    • Assist external law enforcement with cases such as sex trafficking, murder, burglary, and drugs.
    • Share information across the different shifts and units.
    • Identify patterns of crime and hotspots by location, shift, and security threat groups.
  • Other steps that the Sedgwick County Adult Local Detention Facility is employing to expand on intelligence-led policing through:
    • The creation of an intelligence hub that facilitates collaboration and information sharing.
    • Supplementary drug identification and safety training.
    • Utilizing Detention K-9 to search and deter contraband within the jail.
    • Maintaining a gang database.
    • Iterating the avenues that contraband gets into the facility and using this as a guide when evaluating and decision-making.

Questions from the webinar participants are about:

  • Jail intelligence and mental health staff interaction.
  • AI’s role in monitoring inmate communications.
  • Security measure for drones.
  • Accuracy of secure system transcriptions.
  • Establishing a system for scanning non-legal mail and ensuring the integrity of legal mail.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program within the jail.
  • Integrating non-uniformed intelligence analysts.
  • Preparation of K2-treated paper for smoking.
  • Managing gangs to prevent violence.
  • Inmate intimidation over call histories.
  • Effectiveness of drug test kits on K2.
  • Custodial record keeping for inmate communications.
  • Managing lawyers misusing legal mail privileges.



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Audience Comments

  • “A LOT of info….you are doing great things!”
  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable regarding this topic and having actual stories, graphs, and statistics to visualize what he was teaching was wonderful.”
  • “A very good webinar.”
  • “It is nice to know how other facilities are dealing with the same problems that we have in the Jail I work in. Some of his solutions are the same thing we do, and some would be a good addition to our facility.”
  • “I gained information about getting our intel group started.”
  • “Fantastic presentation and presenter – I used to work in a jail before obtaining a law degree – I have always thought that the jail and its staff were an overlooked area of inclusion in multi-disciplinary training on a variety of crime, investigation, and prosecution areas. I really appreciated this very knowledgeable and experienced presenter giving a very well-organized presentation on investigative policy and approach. He also is a good communicator, and obviously very thoughtful about lessons learned.”
  • “The comments regarding tablets for inmates was valuable.”



This webinar will be considered by the American Jail Association to equal one online learning hour toward certification and recertification for the following programs: Certified Jail Officer, Certified Jail Supervisor and Certified Jail Manager.  For more information about AJA certification programs, visit



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