ATF and the Utah Bomb Squad Task Force Promote Safety and Security with Explosives

The Southern Utah Bomb Squad is supporting the ATF to help promote safety, when dealing with explosive materials. There have been several incidents in which citizens arrive unannounced at police departments to turn in explosives, or persons accidentally kill themselves while trying to dispose of old dynamite. According to the ATF, it has investigated multiple explosive thefts, wherein explosives were not securely stored, resulting in explosives falling into the hands of felons and illegal drug users. Read more

Candlelight Vigil for Addiction and Recovery

To remember those who have lost their lives to addiction.
To celebrate those in recovery.
To support those still fighting.

As we all work hard to assist our community in ridding the world of addiction and the criminal like behaviors that it often fosters; we sometimes feel like we are fighting a losing battle. Many of us, unfortunately, are faced with loss, and even more difficult is the fact that we work with families who have lost a loved one to this seemingly hopeless disease.

The Adult Substance Abuse Alumni of Southwest Behavioral Health Center has planned a Candle Light Vigil on April 3rd, 2015 to honor those we have lost, those who are living a life of recovery, and some who unfortunately still suffer with addiction. The Adult Substance Abuse Alumni would like to personally invite the Southern Utah community to attend this vigil.

Please join and light a candle to honor those who have been affected by the disease of addiction, but also so that you can see the positive results of the work you do as we will have many present that are active in Long Term Recovery.

Friday, April 3, 2015
8 PM
Pioneer Park Dixie Rock on Red Hills Parkway

Sheriff’s Office Partners with Courts and Mental Health Providers

The Southwest Behavioral Health Center and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have combined efforts in developing a local Mental Health Court program. The program was first introduced in 2011. As of November 2013, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office provided a law enforcement element to the program in the form of a Mental Health Court Tracker position -similar to that of a Drug Court Tracker.

It is the mission statement of the Mental Health Court to “divert appropriate individuals into mental health treatment, rather than incarceration, resulting in an improved quality of life for the individuals, and a safer community at an overall lower cost to the community.” The program was developed to “help the participant achieve stability in the participant’s life and is designed to promote self-sufficiency and to return them to the community as a productive and responsible citizen.”

The Mental Health Court program offers therapy, case management and drug and alcohol treatment components through the Southwest Behavioral Health Center. Those who are interested in this program as a term of probation or in a plea in abeyance in a criminal case, are encouraged to request information and an application from their defense attorney.

Sign up now for December’s Off Highway Vehicle Education Program

Washington County has always been a great location to enjoy the use of Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to educating the public in the safe and legal operation of OHVs. Our mission is to reduce injuries and fatalities through education.

As 2014 comes to an end, The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to recreate responsibly and follow the established laws related to OHV operation. A commonly overlooked law is the requirement to possess a valid driver’s license and/or OHV safety certificate in order to operate an OHV on public lands. Operators must be over the age of eight and have a current safety certificate or valid driver’s license.

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