On August 24, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours, Deputy Graf initiated a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. During contact with the driver, he detected an odor of marijuana and deployed his K9 partner, Tess, to search for illegal contraband. Tess indicated the presence of drugs, and during a search of the vehicle around 56 pounds of marijuana was seized.
Melvin Posey of Chicago, Illinois, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container of alcohol and lane travel violation. Rodrick Douglas of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol.
On July 18, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosted our 6th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Nearly 50 staff members participated in the tournament, which took place at the Washington City Community Center. Read more
On July 9th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office honored Deputy Marc VanDam as our Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2015 (April-June). Read more
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
On April 3rd, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said goodbye to Deputy Jess Frazier, who retired after 20+ years of service. Read more
On February 13th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office honored Deputy Jack Nyman as our Employee of the Quarter for the final quarter of 2014 (October-December). During that time, Deputy Nyman did an exceptional job in his duties while assigned to our Support Services Division. Read more
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
Pioneer Park Dixie Rock on Red Hills Parkway
On January 5th, 2015, Chief Deputy Jake Schultz of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was recognized by Telmate, a San Francisco-based inmate communications provider, as their National Hero of the Month for the month of January. Read more
On 12/11/14, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office held their annual awards banquet at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The Sheriff’s Office had many outstanding performers during the year, and a select few were honored during this banquet. Among those included: Read more
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.