Washington County has always been a great location to enjoy the use of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV’s). The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is continually dedicated to educating the public in the safe and legal operation of OHV’s. Our mission is to reduce injuries and fatalities through education.
As 2016 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.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Off Highway Vehicle Education Program is a classroom based forum for the students to obtain the required OHV safety certificate. We will be offering this course at no charge on May 20th 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Students who attend the course will learn about OHV terminology, equipment, safe driving practices, state and local laws and more. Upon successfully passing the course they will be issued a valid safety certificate.
The Sheriff’s Office also understands the importance of proper safety equipment. To ensure our citizens are safe, we have teamed up with Safe Kids to offer youth sized helmets at a discounted rate. The discounted helmets will be available during the course to the family members of students attending the course. The course is limited to 50 students and typically fills up fast.
Each student wishing to attend the course should complete a registration form by clicking here.
If you have questions or comments you may contact us via email at OHV@washeriff.net. We look forward to seeing you there. Ride smart!
We just completed another fun filled Shop with a Cop in Washington County. 100+ deputies, officers, agents, troopers and rangers helped make a local child very happy on Saturday. Our thanks go out to the WCSO Explorers and the many other volunteers who assisted in this large scale endeavor. We are also grateful to WalMart and other corporate sponsors, and private donors, who make this possible. Many of the officers donate their own money or contribute to fundraising efforts for this event.
Special thanks to Sheriff Pulsipher, Brian Pulsipher, County Attorney Brock Belnap, County Commissioner Zach Renstrom, SGPD Chief Stratton, HCPD Chief Excell, Springdale PD Chief Breck and WCPD Chief Keith for cooking and serving pancakes, sausage and eggs to nearly 300 participants. The breakfast was donated by Sysco.
We thought it may be unique to see Shop with a Cop from the kids’ point of view with the use of our body cams. Three kids, with permission from their parents, were equipped with police body cams for the experience. Click to view the body cam video on our Washington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
On October 21, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office delivered a nice Halloween surprise to children at Washington Elementary School when they arrived with a truckload of Halloween pumpkins. Students were all able to pick out their own pumpkin courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office. Read more
On October 29th, from 10 AM to 3 PM at 200 West and Tabernacle, St George, there will be a car show honoring emergency first responders from Washington County. Proceeds will help support Project Lifesaver. There will be a Trunk or Treat, food, vendors and the All Hero’s Walk.
Project Lifesaver is a public safety program specifically designed to protect and locate missing persons due to wandering, as a result of cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism and Down Syndrome. The program uses state of the art technology to track, locate and return loved ones to their families after having wandered off.
Local emergency teams respond to calls resulting in an average rescue time of less than 30 minutes. Unlike other services, Project Lifesaver does not rely on GPS technology which requires satellite signal. Project Lifesaver utilizes a radio frequency, which allows the device to work in areas where GPS may not, such as inside buildings, in underground tunnels, and under water, etc.
Project Lifesaver is a non-profit organization. To learn more about Project Lifesaver, visit www.projectlifesaver.org.
If you are the caretaker of someone who may qualify for the free service, or have questions about this service, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
On August 6th, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosted our 7th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Nearly 40 staff members participated in the tournament, which took place at Dixie High School. The Sheriff’s Office hosts many PT events, and this has certainly become one of our more enjoyable events. It turned out to be a great event, not just for the players, but for everyone who attended! This included a significant number of co-workers, friends and family (especially children) who came out to support our employees.
On August 2nd, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office honored Deputy Tisa May as our Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2016 (April-June). During that time, Deputy May excelled at many of her operational duties, not the least of which was her searches. During the quarter, Deputy May’s searches yielded, among other things, drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons and alcohol. Additionally, several of Deputy May’s investigations, as a member of the Correctional Intelligence Unit, resulted in criminal convictions. Deputy May also expanded her efforts outside of her normal duties by way of a number of significant collateral assignments and duties. She has consistently shown herself to be a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office, and we would like you to please join us in congratulating Deputy May and in recognizing her for her efforts.
During the same ceremony, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also officially welcomed their newest certified deputies. Deputy Kyle Maddox, Deputy Samantha Record and Deputy Steven Shumway recently were certified as law enforcement officers in the State of Utah. They all accepted the oath of office and were sworn in during the ceremony by Sheriff Cory Pulsipher. We are extremely excited to welcome them to our law enforcement community.
After consultation with the Forest Service and Fire officials, the Washington County Commission and the Sheriff will lift all evacuation orders on all cabins in the Pine Valley area, effective 7/12/16 at 0800 hours. Portions of the Pine Valley Wilderness area still remain closed to public access due to the fire and public safety concerns.
Fire personnel will still be in the area as they continue to monitor and strengthen defensible space surrounding the cabins. Residents and visitors coming to the area are asked to monitor fire activity, and use caution around working fire resources. There will still be smoke in the area from fire activity within fire control lines south of Lloyd’s Canyon. Smoke in the area need not be reported as fire personnel will be monitoring the area.
We are grateful for the cooperation of residents and visitors in complying with the evacuation orders and other direction given by fire managers. The temporary flight restriction remains in effect and drone operators are reminded that the use of a drone in the fire area is a violation of FAA regulations and can result in the disruption of aerial fire attack. Those with questions can contact (435)652-3100. #SaddleFire
Some Sheriffs in the state are receiving emails from their constituents concerning House Bill 276 The Utah Public Lands Management Act. We have reviewed the bill with Representative Noel and provide the following information: