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 Proposals will be accepted until 5 pm, July 28, 2014. More Information can be found HERE

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Seeks RFP’s for Vehicle Ancillary Equipment Installation and Removal

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking requests for proposal from qualified vendors for supplying and installing certain ancillary emergency vehicle equipment in up to eight vehicles the County is purchasing for the Sheriff’s Office fleet, and for removal of ancillary equipment from retired vehicles. More information can be obtained from the packet below:

Vehicle Equipment RFP Packet (PDF)

Street Legal OHV Operation

During the most recent legislative session modifications were made to the existing laws governing the use of “street legal ATV’s”. UCA 41-6a-1509 was already in effect and allowed ATV’s to be licensed and registered as a motor vehicle. After passing a State Safety Inspection, ATV’s which meet the criteria set can be issued motor vehicle license plates. These changes were addressed in greater detail in HB 148 and SB 154. SB 154 removed the authority of cities with a population of 7,500 or greater, to restrict the use of street legal all-terrain vehicles within the city. Only cities in a county of the first class (Salt Lake County) may impose additional restrictions.

With these changes the Sheriff’s Office would like to clarify a few of the differences between a “street legal” registration and the common off highway vehicle registration. Read more

Sheriff Pulsipher Responds to BLM Cattle Roundup

Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management have been involved in an ongoing legal action that has resulted in a federal court ordering the BLM to seize and sell Mr. Bundy’s livestock. As a part of that action the BLM has planned to transport Bundy’s cattle through Washington County Utah to auction in Sevier county Utah. Sheriff Pulsipher opposes any such action.

Over the past week Sheriff Pulsipher, County Attorney Belnap and the Washington County Commissioners have been working to stop these cattle from being transported into Utah. These efforts have included discussions with Governor Herbert, Attorney General Reyes and the BLM. Sheriff Pulsipher and Public Safety Commissioner Squires are currently in Nevada meeting with BLM officials in an effort to prevent the transportation of these cattle to Utah.

Utah has continued to work through the legal system to control and administer our lands. These efforts have included suits asserting control of RS 2477 roads throughout Utah as well as legislative efforts such as HB 148 calling for the transfer of public lands to the states, as promised by their enabling acts. Sheriff Pulsipher and Washington County have been strong supporters of these efforts and have dedicated significant resources and personnel in the fight for greater local control over our public lands.

As the conflict between the BLM and Mr. Bundy continues, Sheriff Pulsipher remains committed to the Citizens of Washington County and protecting public safety. Any related demonstrations must be lawful and peaceful.

New Phone and Visiting Services Available at Purgatory Correctional Facility

This week, Purgatory Correctional Facility will be transitioning their inmate phone services from Value Added Communications to Telmate. This transition will include the following upgrades:

  • The installation of a new, modern inmate phone system
  • The addition of new, convenient deposit kiosks in the lobby
  • The introduction of voice mail for inmates
  • Free phone calls for recently arrested inmates
  • Lower costs for inmates and their friends and family.

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