Colonel Wayne G. Bunton began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a deputy sheriff employed by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Augusta, Georgia.
While there, he was promoted to investigator and served as a burglary investigator, homicide investigator, and then promoted to investigative sergeant over the Homicide Section.
In 2002, Colonel Bunton relocated to Florida and joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
He has served in several capacities to include patrol, Violent Crimes Section detective, Internal Affairs detective and supervisor, street crimes unit supervisor, lieutenant and captain in the Department of Detention Services, and captain and major in Patrol Services.
He currently serves as commander of the Department of Detention Services.
Colonel Bunton is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course and earned a degree from the Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Leo University, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
The Department of Detention Services is comprised of a 4,947 bed jail system that is responsible for the housing, custody, and care of all persons incarcerated in Hillsborough County. The Orient Road Jail is the primary receiving facility, providing booking, processing, and detention services for over 27 different law enforcement agencies. It also furnishes the secure component of the Juvenile Assessment Center, a centralized processing center for adolescents taken into custody in Hillsborough County. The Orient Road Jail consists of Central Booking, Intake and Housing Operations, Central Breath testing Unit, Juvenile Assessment Center, Inmate Property, Inmate Records and Classification, and the Detention Programs Bureau which is comprised of House Arrest, Criminal Registration Unit, Hillsborough Re-Entry Center, Inmate Treatment and Intervention Services, Adult Education, Religious Services, and Misdemeanor Probation.
With a rated capacity of 3,300 and encompassing 142 acres, the Falkenburg Road Jail is one of the largest direct supervision facilities in the country. Educational and vocational programs including culinary arts, sewing, GED, domestic violence, and substance abuse are offered to eligible inmates. It is also the site of the Video Visitation Center which serves inmates at both facilities Third party contractors are used to provide inmate medical, food, and commissary services.
Included in the Department of Detention Services, the Court Operations Division provides security for judges, courtrooms and the courthouse complex. The Civil Process Section is tasked with serving subpoenas and other legal documents resulting in an average of 250,000 court papers processed annually.