Law Enforcement Impersonation Scams

Along with other police agencies throughout the state, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has begun to see another increase in fraud schemes involving the names of actual Sheriff’s Office Personnel. Over the past few weeks we have been made aware of several attempts to illegally solicit money by individuals claiming to work for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Many of the victims did not initially dismiss the activity as a fraud attempt due to the suspect providing the name and rank of an actual Sheriff’s Office employee.

Victims reporting these crimes have indicated they were contacted by phone, being told they had missed a mandatory court appearance. They have been instructed to send payments to avoid being arrested. In some instances, the suspect has actually requested to meet in person with the victim after payment is made. The suspects in these crimes appear to have done some research on their victims. Several victims have reported receiving the calls at both their home and place of business.

In order to minimize the amount of victims associated with these fraud schemes, The Sheriff’s Office has prepared the following tips and Sheriff’s Office practices for the public.

WCSO PRACTICES

1. 1. Members of the Sheriff’s Office are prohibited from directly accepting payments in any form for citations, warrants or civil process. If you are asked to do otherwise you should immediately report the incident to your local police agency or the Sheriff’s Office.

2. 2. In an attempt to improve efficiency, our Civil Process Division may contact a citizen to arrange service of court documents. If a citizen is concerned about the validity of a civil process attempt, they may contact the Sheriff’s Office or dispatch center. Either will be able to verify a deputy was in fact attempting to serve you with documents.

FRAUD PREVENTION TIPS

1. 1. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be law enforcement, attempt to verify the phone number from which they are calling. Calls originating from the Sheriff’s Office will meet the following standard. Corrections (435)656-66?? Patrol (435)656-65?? The number to our front office is (435)656-6500. Citizens may also verify the caller’s identity by contacting the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (435)634-5730.

2. 2. If you are told you missed a court date. Attempt to gather the name of the court and a case number so you can contact the court directly. If legitimate, this information should be readily available.

3. 3. If you are instructed to contact the caller back at a specific number, do some research to verify the number is accurate. Suspects often will answer the phone number which they provided to a victim with an official greeting in an attempt to convince you the situation is legitimate.

4. 4. Be suspicious of any individual requesting or demanding payment in lieu of arrest. Demanded payments are most likely an indicator of fraudulent activity. This is more suspicious if you are instructed to wire money or send pre-paid gift cards.

5. 5. If you are contacted with a request for payment in lieu of arrest, contact police before sending any money. Although we will still investigate the incident if you have sent payment, it is often difficult to identify the suspects and/or recover the lost money.

Holiday Clerical Office Closures

With the coming Holiday season the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be closing it’s clerical offices so that our staff may spend time with their families. The Offices will be closed Nov 23 & 24, 2017 for Thanksgiving and Dec 25th and Jan 1st for Christmas and New Years. Book and releases, fingerprints and DNA will not be available Nov 22-24, and Dec 26th. All other law enforcement functions such as jail releases will function as usual.

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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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

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Honors Employees

On April 30th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosted a ceremony to recognize a number of their employees. During the ceremony, which was conducted in front of a large crowd of friends, family and co-workers, Sheriff Cory Pulsipher promoted five supervisors, recognized our most recent Employee of the Quarter and swore in our newest certified deputy.
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Washington County Seeks RFP’s for Security Upgrade for Purgatory Correctional Facility

Washington County is seeking proposals from qualified vendors who can design, install and maintain, a new facility security system for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Purgatory Correctional Facility. The project includes removal and disposal of existing security equipment. Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Chief Jake Schultz at 435-656-6600 or jschultz@washeriff.net. Proposals will be accepted until 5 pm, July 28, 2014. More Information can be found HERE