James F. Arwood

Chief Administrator

Gary L. Davies

Security Captain

Cheryl H. Guzman

Operations Captain

James F. Arwood
  Phone: 803-628-3083
Email: freddie.arwood@yorkcountygov.com
Gary L. Davies
  Phone: 803-628-3083
Email: gary.davies@yorkcountygov.com
Cheryl H. Guzman
  Phone: 803-628-3076
Email: cheryl.guzman@yorkcountygov.com
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Detention Administration 

The Administrative Division oversees the daily operation of the Detention Center ensuring effective, efficient, and safe operations. 

The Administration Division consists of the Chief Administrator, Administrative Services Captain, Operations Captain, Security Captain, Information Systems Officer, Administrative Clerk, and five Records Management Clerks. This division manages the overall operation of the Detention Center and is involved in personnel issues, planning, budgeting, policy and procedure development, post orders, purchasing, contracts and agreements, billing, and reports.


Detention Security Force 

The main function of the Security Force is to keep the inmate population safe and secure while being detained for court or serving a court imposed sentence. They monitor all housing unit activities, trained in all facets of inmate management, and are compliant with State standards. In essence these officers are the back bone of the Detention Division. This unit is overseen by the Security Commander Captain and is divided into four shifts.

Detention Day Squad Security Force

The Day Squad is responsible for providing security in the Detention Center lobby and General Sessions courtroom holding cells. In addition, they provide additional manpower to maintain adequate staffing levels on each team. 

Detention Classification/ICE 287(g) Operations Division

The Classification/ICE 287(g) Operations Division is responsible for all inmate placements in the prospective housing units. This is accomplished through an intensive classification system that assigns inmates to high, medium and minimum custody status. The inmate status is monitored daily and adjusted as needed. 

The Classification Lieutenant and his staff are also responsible for scheduling inmate extraditions, court appearances and commitments. They also assist inmates with requests for information and channel these requests to the appropriate agencies. 

The ICE 287(g) staff and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security entered into an agreement, designating officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. The cross-designation between ICE and correctional officers working in conjunction with ICE allows these officers: necessary resources and latitude to pursue investigations relating to violent crimes, human smuggling, gang/organized crime activity, sexual-related offenses, narcotics smuggling, and money laundering; and increased resources and support in more remote geographical locations. The inception of ICE 287(g) program was October 8, 2007. 

Detention Transportation Team

The Transport Sergeant oversees the Transportation Team consisting of four Transport Officers. Additionally, each of the Security Force shifts has an individual transport officer assigned. This team is responsible for the movement of inmates to and from other institutions, medical/mental health facilities, extraditions, and movement within the Detention Center and the adjacent criminal courts facility.

Detention Training Division

The Training Lieutenant and Training Sergeant are responsible for all staff training and provide in house and academy training for our staff. Detention Officers will spend their first four weeks of Pre-Service Training in a classroom setting with the Training Division and then a minimum of two weeks of on the job training with a Field Training Officer on their respective shift. Each Detention Officer must complete post assignment evaluations through their Field Training Officer before they are able to work a housing unit by themselves.

Within one year, each Detention Officer must attend training for Certification (Law Enforcement Class II Certification) at the SCCJA (South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy) in Columbia, SC for three weeks.

Each Detention Officer must complete a minimum of forty hours of training every year and recertify every three years with SCCJA. Recertification is based on completion of required in-service training each year.

Detention Office of Professional Standards

The Office of Professional Standards Sergeant assists with the recruiting, testing, and hiring of new officers. To assure quality and professional standards, each new officer must file a detailed application and provide numerous required documents, including, but not limited to, high school diploma, photograph, birth certificate, military DD214, driver’s history, social security card, etc. Interviews, background investigations, criminal history checks, driving record checks, polygraph testing, medical examinations and drug testing are part of the required standards

The Office of Professional Standards Sergeant also heads the Internal Affairs unit of the Detention Division. All allegations of staff misconduct are investigated professionally and thoroughly. If the allegations are found to be true, then appropriate disciplinary action is taken. If the allegation is found to be credible, and is alleging a criminal act, then the Internal Affairs unit will refer the allegation to the Enforcement Division for a criminal investigation.

The Officer of Professional Standards Sergeant also serves as the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Coordinator. The PREA Coordinator is responsible to maintain all policies and records (staff and volunteer training, inmate education, statistics, etc.) in order for the York County Detention Center to be in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. If you would like to file a complaint in regards to sexual abuse in the York County Detention Center, you can contact the Office of Professional Standards at 803-628-3083 or you can contact the York County Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Division.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the statistics regarding sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment in the York County Detention Center.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the August 2014 York County Detention Center PREA Final Report.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2015 York County Detention Center PREA Final Report

Detention Medical Division 

The Medical Service Coordinator/Registered Nurse heads the Detention Division Medical Unit. One Part-time Physician, three Registered Nurses, two Medical Officer/Licensed Practical Nurses, Pharmacy Technician, and a Records Management Clerk assist her. The medical unit has a contracted physician, pharmacist, dentist, and dental assistant who provide services on referral from the coordinator. Staff from the Catawba Mental Health provides weekly mental health services. 

Emergency, necessary and maintenance type health care is provided as required by state standards. Daily medication preparation and passing, 14-day physicals as required by state standards, medical screening reviews from intake, daily sick call, and lots of documentation for medical records occupies the staff's time. The medical unit provides in house staff services such as physicals for the hiring process and flu shots each year. They respond to all staff injuries and provide medical services as deemed appropriate. 

Detention Operations Division

The Operations Sergeant and Inmate Services Officers are responsible for incoming and outgoing mail, commissary, inmate uniforms, inmate funds and accounts, boarding and cleaning supplies, and indigent inmates' hygiene supplies. They are also responsible for the supervision and management of state inmates serving as Inmate Workers at the Detention Center.

Detention Programs Division 

The Programs Services manager and the facility Chaplain are responsible for the recruiting, training, and management of over two-hundred volunteers who provide inmate services on a daily basis; such as life skill instructors, bible studies, religious services and programs, narcotics anonymous, alcoholic anonymous, educational services, and other inmate services.

About Our Facility

The Detention Center is located at the Moss Justice Center and is a 565-bed direct supervision facility that opened in March of 1995. The Detention Center is charged with holding individuals who have been arrested by various law enforcement agencies in York County and held until they post bond or are ordered released by a court or transferred to a state institution after court sentencing. The Detention Center also houses inmates for the US Marshal Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement under an agreement that provides compensation to the county.

Contact Us

James F. Arwood, Chief Administrator, 803-628-3083 or email freddie.arwood@yorkcountygov.com

Gary L. Davies, Security Captain, 803-628-3083, or email gary.davies@yorkcountygov.com 

Cheryl H. Guzman, Operations Captain, 803-628-3083, or email cheryl.guzman@yorkcountygov.com

Employment Opportunities

To apply on-line at CLICK HERE. You must provide a copy of your Drivers License, Social Security Card, High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma, DD-214 (if applicable) and a recent photograph at the time of application. If the application is not currently online, and you wish to find out more about a career at the York County Detention Center, please email detention.careers@yorkcountygov.com.

Mission Statement for The Detention Division

The York County Detention Center is responsible for the incarceration of individuals who are awaiting trial and also individuals who are serving a prison term in York County. 

To meet this responsibility, the York County Detention Center will maintain a positive atmosphere for both incarcerated individuals and staff through the provision of:

  • A safe and secure environment for inmates and staff.
  • A facility that is cost effective.
  • A professionally trained staff.
  • Positive and safe physical surroundings.
  • A variety of well-balanced programs that are conducive to appropriate inmate behavior.
  • A system to provide for the nutritional and physical well being of the inmate population. 

It is the intention of the York County Detention Center that inmates shall leave the facility no worse physically, emotionally, or psychologically than when they entered. 

The York County Detention Center is committed to the operation of a facility that will meet state standards and for the preservation of basic human rights of the inmate population by the Constitution of the United States of America.