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

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Honors Employee of the Quarter and New Deputies

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office recognized Sergeant Adam Andresen as the Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of 2014. Sergeant Andresen is known as a hardworking and determined supervisor, but his performance this previous quarter was exceptionable even by his own lofty standards. Not only has Sergeant Andresen supervised and provided excellent leadership for his staff, but he also assumed responsibility for both Housing night shifts early in the quarter. Read more