Wednesday, June 12, 2013
As Brett Seacat prepares to go to prison after being convicted Tuesday of killing his wife, Vashti Forrest-Seacat, corrections officials will be taking extra safety measures.
Seacat was a Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy before becoming an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. That background could make him a target for other inmates.
"Probably as soon as they go in, they're going to be confined to a single cell, segregated from everybody else," Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said.
Henderson has sent some of his own deputies to jail before. The most recent was three weeks ago when a detention deputy was arrested on suspicion of committing sex crimes against jail inmates.
Law enforcement officers who are arrested are almost always held in solitary confinement for their safety. Usually, they are held where they will not be easily recognized.
"It's hard to book an inmate in one day and be in the cell the next day," Henderson said. "So, you book them off-site."
That is likely the same thing that will happen to Seacat after he is sentenced and handed over to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
"We place them into a protected, segregated custody level and until we can arrange for a compact to another state or jurisdiction so as to better secure their safety," department spokesman Jeremy Barclay said.
It is not just former law enforcement officers who receive extra security in jail or prison.
"Persons that we often segregate would be your sex offenders, child molesters," Henderson said. "Those are people that -- if you put in the population -- they will become a target."
Henderson said regardless of crime or inmate, it is the job of every sheriff and those who operate state correctional facilities to ensure the safety of every inmate.
"I don't care what inmate it is," he said. "They're our responsibility to maintain them in the shape that they went into that facility."