As concerns related to the COVID-19 are on the rise, Sheriff Emberton has made a difficult but necessary decision to place restrictions on those entering the Van Buren County Detention Center. This decision has been made solely in the interest of public safety, safety of our employees and detainees, and to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 into our facilities.
The following protocols will be enacted immediately and will be in place until further notice as directed by Sheriff Lucas Emberton.
- Limits will be placed on non-personnel entering the secure areas of our facility.
-Our facility will be secured by our front gate. Limited access is authorized personnel only.
-All essential request (i.e., repairmen, etc.) to enter the secure area of the Van Buren County Detention Center must be approved by Sheriff Emberton or Chief Deputy Randy Churches.
-All in-person visitations, including in-house kiosk visitation, will be temporarily suspended. Remote visitation will still be available.
-Bond agents will not be allowed into the secure area of the facility to speak with detainees.
*Bond agents will need to obtain all information from the detainee by phone prior to arriving at jail.
*Detention staff will confirm bond amount, if necessary.
*Bond paperwork will not be faxed in.
As this situation evolves, the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office administration will adjust protocols-always keeping in mind public safety and health and well-being of our staff and detainees.
Sheriff Lucas Emberton