Jail staff use fundraiser to practice procedures

Visitors become ‘test subjects’


Cole County Sheriff Greg White, at left,  leads a tour of the newly opened Cole County Law Enforcement Center Friday after grand opening ceremonies inside the facility. This is Housing Unit B, featuring 12 cells and tables and seating for 24.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White, at left, leads a tour of the newly opened Cole County Law Enforcement Center Friday after grand opening ceremonies inside the facility. This is Housing Unit B, featuring 12 cells and tables and seating for 24. Photo by Julie Smith.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White’s “Bed, Breakfast and Bar” event — where around 90 people each night volunteered to stay in the new jail overnight, getting tours and sharing dinner and breakfast — also was a “practice run” for White and his staff.

“I think it went very well,” White said Saturday morning. “They were doing security electronics checks all night, and we found a few things that needed to be tweaked."

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The two nights of visitors also helped his staff learn ....

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