According to the Colorado Revised Statutes, the sheriff is the custodian of the jail and is responsible for housing inmates, transporting prisoners, executing writs and attending to the courts. The Detention Services Bureau, commanded by Bureau Chief Jared Rowlison, fulfills those obligations, with Captain Scott Leudtke managing detention administration and Captain Dan Joyce managing detention operations.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility has been accredited through the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1991. The medical unit, which provides medical services to inmates within the facility, has been accredited through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) since 1989.
The detention facility has come a long way since the doors to the one-room jail house in Littleton opened in 1865. After many years in operation, a new structure was built nearby that accommodated the sheriff's office and a much larger jail. In 1987, a 299,241 square foot detention facility opened at 7375 South Potomac Street, in what is now the Centennial, with a bed space capacity of 404. In 1999, construction began on two additional housing units, followed by occupancy in late 2001 and early 2002. With expansion and remodeling, the facility now accommodates approximately 1,400 inmates, currently receives an average of 17,000 inmates annually and is staffed around the clock by civilian personnel, medical personnel, non-certified deputies and Colorado POST certified deputies.