Sheriff’s Corner: With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Sheriff’s Corner: With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Denton County is home to more than 800,000 people; it is 953 square miles and is ranked ninth by population in Texas. Denton County will only grow and with growth comes unwanted crime. One of the Sheriff’s biggest responsibilities is the jail. The Denton County jail has 1,788 beds and currently houses 1,236 inmates. The majority of our employees are Detention Officers who do a remarkable job of supervising and caring for inmates on a daily basis 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

I am very fortunate to have Assistant Chief Deputy, Barry Caver, supervise the everyday operations of Denton County jail. Chief Caver is responsible for five Detention Captains, seven Detention Lieutenants, 19 Detention Sergeants, 41 Detention Corporals, and 329 Detention Officers, along with 24 other civilian employees plus all inmates.

Within our detention facility, we house a wide variety of inmates. Our Detention Officers are trained to protect themselves and the inmates. Some of our Detention Officers are a part of the Special Operations Response Team, or SORT. They have specialized training in dealing with abusive inmates. Not all who apply are accepted, the physical and mental challenges are strenuous. The men and women on the team are prepared to handle all types of situations.

Detention Officers are the backbone and unsung heroes of the Sheriff’s Office. They do a difficult job very well every day. I am proud of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to serve. Denton County Sheriff’s Office is currently hiring Detention Officers. Please pass the word and have interested parties visit the Denton County website to apply.

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