2016 Southeastern States Manhunt Field Trails

Mission Statement

Escambia County Road Prison is the only county-operated work camp in Florida. It prepares inmates for re-entry into society by offering a structured work environment, while teaching accountability and life management skills. The facility models a healthy, well-organized environment that encourages inmates to contribute to their community by providing part of the manual labor workforce for the Road Department, Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation, Animal Shelter and Facilities Maintenance. Under the supervision of Road Corrections officers, these work crews perform various tasks for the county, such as clearing right of way, grounds maintenance, drainage projects and other aspects of road and stormwater maintenance. In an effort to minimize food expenditures and work toward self-sufficiency, the department also uses inmate labor in its farming, hydroponics and aquaculture programs, and offers re-entry programs.

FY 2015-2016 Accomplishments

  • Provided inmate programs such as G.E.D., Test of Adult Basic Education, or T.A.B.E., testing, life skills, parental class, 40 Days of Purpose and Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Opened an additional housing unit increasing the headcount from 236 to 252.
  • Provided a welding training program for inmates through our partnership with George Stone Technical Center. Through this program, 40 national certifications were earned by inmates. The American Welding Society, or AWS, certifications will allow these men to weld across the nation.
  • Assisted the Road Department in completing more than 6,433 work orders and dispatched an estimated 72 after-hours call outs.
  • Hosted annual Southeastern States Manhunt Field Trials, which brought 30 teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Florida together for a week-long training event.
  • Introduced a Narcotics K-9 to the department. Officer Oliver and K-9 Britt will be working together to help ensure narcotics are not introduced into the facility or any work sites.
Officer Oliver and Britt

Britt: From Shelter Pet to K-9 Officer

This story may make you think differently about adopting from the animal shelter.  “Britt” is a three-and-a-half-year-old dog German shepherd dog, who was rescued by Officer Robert Oliver. Officer Oliver noticed that she picked things up, very quickly. Heel, sit, stay, come, all of the regular commands seemed to come naturally to her. The Road Prison has needed a narcotics canine for some time.    

Officer Oliver understood that the major traits needed to make a good narcotics dog were; a superior sense of smell, hearing, and the physical capability. Britt possessed all of these qualities, as well as tremendous drive. On November 17, 2015 Officer Oliver and K-9 Britt started their 200 hour Narcotic Detector Training. As expected, Britt caught on immediately and on March 4, 2016 they were both certified through the United States Police Canine Association.   

During the seven months since their certification, Britt conducted weekly searches, some of which resulted in narcotics recoveries. Having a canine to work with involves a lot of work, but Officer Oliver enjoys his responsibility and assignment very much.

The Corrections Department is very proud to have this K-9 Team as part of our department.


National welding certifications earned by inmates.


Work orders completed.


After-hours call outs.