Sheriff's Office

The Detention Bureau

Detention Operations Division
Captain Andrew Barrett-Venn and Captain Sandra Barboza
Main Phone: (775) 328-2971

Designed as one of the first direct-supervision detention facilities in the nation, the Washoe County Detention Facility has become a model facility for jails in the United States. The Detention Facility currently accepts detainees from over thirty law enforcement agencies, including those at the local, state and federal levels. This division provides services to inmates through four detention facility units and one medical contractor (NaphCare). Court Transportation, District Court, Inmate Management Unit (IMU), and the Detention Services Unit (DSU) are managed under this division.

Detention Services Division 
Kim Lintz, Division Manager  
Main Phone: (775) 328-2971

The Detention Services Division oversees six departments operated by the largest civilian staff employed by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office supporting the strategic objective and goals of Detention Facility commission deputies. The departments include the inmate booking process and central control operations by ensuring accurate documentation of inmates and the safety and security of the inmate population, employees, and volunteers. Additionally, Detention Services includes inmate food services, inmate property supplies and services, the inmate work program, education and counseling programs, and religious services all while maintaining good stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by the taxpayers.


The mission of the Detention Bureau is to serve the people of Washoe County by performing the law enforcement detention function in a professional manner.
The goal of the Bureau is to enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of our authority and the constitutional rights of all persons.