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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Changes to Inmate Mail Procedures

Notice to individuals who are, or will be sending mail to inmates housed at the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

As of November, 1 2014, the following changes will be made to mail procedures of PCF:

  • All incoming and outgoing mail, except legal mail and other specifically approved items, must be in postcard form.
  • Mail received other than authorized postcards will be returned to sender.
  • Postcards must have the sender’s full name and complete return address.
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Washington County Seeks RFPs for Inmate Accounting System

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking an electronic inmate trust accounting system to effectively manage inmate funds and financial transactions.   It is the intent of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to obtain proposals from qualified vendors for supplying, training and supporting software and services for inmate trust accounting services.

The County will select a single vendor awarding a contract for three (3) years and two optional one (1) year contract extensions with the awarded vendor.

The complete Request for Proposal may be obtained HERE.

Sheriff Pulsipher Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

After receiving three ALS Ice Bucket Challenges, Sheriff Cory Pulsipher graciously accepted the freezing, wet trial. Those accepting the challenge include (left to right) Sheriff Pulsipher, Lieutenant John Zwahlen, Lieutenant Perry Lambert, and Sargeant Jenni Shoemaker. Those dumping the ice water are (left to right) Michelle Dillenbeck, Rachel Auernig, Sherri Maxwell, and Tina Allen. Video after the jump.
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Sheriff’s Office Introduces New K-9 Program

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently implemented a new K-9 program. The program was first introduced in the Corrections Division back in March of this year. The Corrections K-9, ‘Eni’ (a Black Lab), is handled by Deputy Dan Carpenter, both graduated from Utah POST’s K-9 Academy and are certified for the detection of narcotics. Read more

Sheriff’s Office hosts 5th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

On August 2, 2014, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosted our 5th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Nearly 40 staff members participated in the tournament, which took place at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School. The Sheriff’s Office hosts many PT events, and this has certainly become one of our more enjoyable events. It was a great event, not just for the players, but for everyone who attended! Read more