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The Department of Detention, under the command of Chief Mike Allen, is comprised of sworn/certified detention deputies, civilian support members, and sworn deputy sheriffs. It is divided into two Divisions: the Support Division and the Security Division. The Support Division encompasses Inmate Intake, Inmate Records, Inmate Programs, Court Security Court Process, and Food Services. The Security Division encompasses the housing of inmates within the Central County Jail in Bartow and the South County Jail in Frostproof.
In addition to providing inmate processing, security, housing, food, and medical services within the two jails, the members of the Department of Detention are also responsible for courthouse security, court processing services, inmate transportation services, and the inmate work program.