The Buncombe County Detention Facility must accommodate the prisoners or arrestees from all law enforcement agencies within Buncombe County including Federal, State, and local agencies.
The Detention Facility is made up of the main jail facility and a jail annex. The bed capacity for the main facility is 524 beds and the Annex has an additional 80 beds for a total housing capacity of 604 inmates. The facility requires 160 officers to operate and care for the inmates. On an average day the facility will intake and release approximately 100 inmates. The facility operates 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. The Detention Facility Administrator holds the rank of Captain and has two assistants that head the administrative functions of the facility.
Court Security is a division that is required by law for the Sheriff to have in their department. This division is responsible for all security and police actions for the entire courthouse. The purpose of court security is to assure that order and control is maintained in the courts. The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office has 20 employees in the Court Security division. Five District Courts and three Superior Courts are required to have a Court Bailiff to maintain order. The remaining Court Deputies provide security of the Buncombe County Courthouse.
The transportation unit is made up of a Sergeant and 11 officers. This unit is responsible for the transporting of inmates within Buncombe County to and from other facilities throughout the state. The unit is also responsible for the transport of mental respondents under involuntary commitment order to and from facilities throughout the state.
Magistrates Office-Warrant Service
Deputies assigned to the Magistrates' Office are responsible for the service of walk-in warrants and civil papers.