The Cape Breton Regional Police Lock-up facility holds prisoners awaiting a court appearance or a release on bail. On average, there are about seven prisoners in lock-up during a 12 hour shift. The facility is run by the CBRPS jailers, whose main priority is to ensure the safety of the prisoners and the guards. Jailers conduct a search as soon as someone is arrested and taken to lock-up, and they ask prisoners a series of questions to correctly identify the individual. Jailers also play an important role in investigations, often gathering as information from prisoners that can be shared with investigating officers.
Prisoners who must remain in custody after 24 hours are remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.