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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Tuesday, June 21 promoted Kevin Jones, a veteran correctional officer, to the rank of captain and appointed Jones to serve as assistant commander of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Detention and Court Services Bureau.

Jones, 44, of West Columbia, previously held the rank of lieutenant and supervised the Lexington County Detention Center Support Services Division, Metts said. The sheriff hired Jones as a correctional officer on November 13, 1995.

The American Correctional Association awarded Jones certification in 2003 as a Jail Manager, awarded Jones certification in 2004 as a Jail Auditor/Inspector and awarded Jones certification in 2007 as a Correctional Manager, Metts said. Jones has utilized his advanced training in updating the policy and procedures manual for the Detention Center.

In September 2010, Jones oversaw implementation of the Section 287(g) Immigration Authority Delegation Program at the Detention Center under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Metts said. Specially trained correctional officers interview inmates at the Detention Center who were born in countries outside the United States and booked at the Detention Center after they were arrested for crimes committed in Lexington County.

As a result of implementing the 287 (g) Program, the Sheriff’s Department has reduced the population at the Detention Center by about 10 percent, Metts said. In addition, ICE now pays the cost of housing inmates at the Detention Center who are in ICE’s custody.

Metts officially promoted Jones on Tuesday morning during a Detention and Court Services Bureau staff meeting. Jones’ wife, Louvennia, and children, Sierra and Terrence, as well as Jones’ mother, Sarah Patterson, were present when Kevin Jones was promoted to captain.

“Kevin is an educated, mature thinker who has worked his way up the correctional ranks and strongly merited promotion to the rank of captain,” Metts said. “Kevin has worked hard to enhance his qualifications as a professional in the corrections field. Kevin inspires correctional officers under his command to take pride in supervising inmates in a professional manner.”

Kevin Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in counseling and master’s degree in biblical studies, Metts said.

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