The Jail Division manages all facets of housing inmates within the West Plains Police Department. They are charged with having the knowledge, skills and abilities in key elements in managing inmate behavior in all types of confinement. These key elements include assessing inmates’ risks and needs, assigning inmates to housing, meeting inmates’ basic needs, setting and conveying behavioral expectations, supervising inmates, and keeping inmates productively occupied while maintaining detailed records. The division is also charged with providing professional development training and education to the office in efforts to enhance the profession.
When an inmate calls to be bonded out. Please make sure to bring the exact amount of cash. If you need to know how much it is to bond someone out, our Detention Officer will let you know.
Jail visitation is Tuesday from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM and Saturday from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM.
All adult visitors are required to show a valid photo identification card, such as a current driver’s license or Department of Revenue identification card. Visitors aged 13 years and older are required to show a current school photo identification card that includes their name, or a valid federal or state government-issued identification card before admission to the visiting area. Visitors under 18 years old, unless married to the inmate, must be accompanied by an authorized adult visitor.
To provide a safe and secure environment in which you and your family may visit, general searches of visitors may be conducted. Please if you have any weapons, or pocketknives please leave items like that in your vehicle.
It is illegal to bring in drugs, alcoholic beverages, any article an inmate is not permitted to possess or firearm that may be used to endanger the safety and security of the facility, staff or other inmates. Doing so may be a felony and can carry a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. It is important to remember that when visiting you are required to abide by the Department’s rules and regulations. It is also important that you maintain direct control of your children at all times to ensure their safety and to prevent interruption of other visits. If children are unruly or disruptive, the visit may be terminated.
Clothing should not be tight, transparent or revealing. It should not display gang, racial, inappropriate or inflammatory language or symbols and may not have a camouflage design. Skirts, dresses and shorts may be no shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap. Wrap-around or slit skirts or dresses are not permitted. Holes or slits are not permitted in pants. Shirts, blouses and tops must cover the chest and stomach and have sleeves that cover the shoulders, without display of cleavage or midriff. Appropriate undergarments and shoes must be worn at all times. Undergarments with wire or metal supports are discouraged because you may be required to clear a metal detector. No headgear is allowed except for verified religious purposes and is subject to search.
Visiting an inmate is a privilege that can be limited or suspended. Failure to follow visiting rules, such as refusal to submit to search, use of alcohol or narcotics, unacceptable language, improper dress, presenting risk to the safety and security of the facility, staff, inmates or visitors, participation in illegal activities and/or violations of Missouri law, may result in having visiting privileges suspended, being barred from the Department, or being placed on non-contact visiting status. A visitor may appeal visiting restrictions in writing to the Chief of Police or his appointed designee.
Inmate Phone Usage:
While inmates cannot receive telephone calls, telephones are available for inmates to make calls, as long as the inmate is not on restricted status. Inmates assigned to a segregation unit have limited access to the telephone.
If you receive unwanted telephone calls from an inmate, you can follow the prompts on the phone to block future calls to your residence. If you continue to receive calls, immediately contact the West Plains Police Department, providing as much information as possible. If the inmate can be identified, the inmate will be directed to stop contacting you. If contact continues, the inmate may face disciplinary action.
While the West Plains Police Department can monitor and record calls, they hold no ability to place a block on outside telephones. The telephone company may place an automatic block on your phone if third party calls are detected or there is an unusual increase in your phone bill.
Inmates may release property to any person of their choice; however, the inmate will need to retain one set of appropriate clothing to wear when they are released from custody.
No property will be held at the West Plains Police Department for friends or family pick-up later. If the inmate’s property is not released prior to transport, it will remain at the West Palins Police Department for thirty days and then properly disposed. All inmates will receive notification when they are transported and informed to make the necessary arrangements for the release of their property.
ITEMS ALLOWED IN JAIL:
Men: socks and underwear
Women: socks, underwear and bras (no underwire)
No elastic (no metal or plastic at all)