Fire Restrictions Ordered

Firefighters in Washington County are still battling the West Valley Fire (Pine Mountain) as Independence Day quickly approaches.  The lack of moisture has created extremely dry conditions in Southwest Utah.  In order to further prevent the ignition of forest and rangeland fires, a fire restriction order has been issued by the Utah State Forester.  The order addresses All unincorporated private and all state lands within Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties.  This order does not affect private lands within incorporated towns or city limits. Read more

July Holiday Notice

Please note that the Sheriff’s and Purgatory front offices will be closed Wednesday July 4th and 24th in observance of Independence Day and Pioneer Day. Book and release and Fingerprinting services will be unavailable those days.

“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”

West Valley Fire (Pine Valley) Updates & Closures

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has received the following update regarding the active wildfire known as the West Valley Fire near Pine Valley.  Please review the following information before heading to the area for recreational purposes.  We would also like to remind the public that restrictions will be in place for the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones) throughout the operation.  Violations may include jail and /or fines.

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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.

Free Youth ATV Course

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 We look forward to seeing you there. Ride smart!

OHV Class Registration form

2016 Shop with a Cop

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.