FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil is pleased to announce that the Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has received $52,000 for the purchase of two specialized Polaris side by side off highway vehicles (OHV). One vehicle will be located in Flagstaff with the second OHV located at the Williams Patrol Division Substation.
The vehicles will be utilized by deputies, volunteers, and CCSO's Search and Rescue personnel. The added mobility afforded by these two special purpose vehicles will allow deputies to quickly and safely access remote areas that are not otherwise accessible by conventional patrol SUVs. In many instances of OHV collisions, the time these vehicles will save during the attempt to locate and response modes could mean the difference between successful recovery of the injured operators or passengers and permanent or disfiguring injuries or death.
The two vehicles will allow deputies and volunteers the opportunity to provide a uniform presence in areas that experience high usage by off road vehicle enthusiasts. Although emergency response and enforcement activities are important functions of the deputies who will operate these vehicles, the responsibility of law enforcement to raise awareness of the dangers of careless or unlawful use of OHVs is just as important. Deputies and volunteers will engage in outreach educational activities designed to raise awareness of the dangers of irresponsible off road recreation. This two prong approach of enforcement and public education will be implemented with the ultimate goal of increasing voluntary compliance by OHV operators thus significantly reducing the number of OHV collisions resulting in serious injury or death in Coconino County.
The approved funding will allow the vehicles to be equipped with additional battery capacity, emergency radio communications, siren, LED emergency lights, track drives, and two trailers. The CCSO lieutenant who manages the day to day operation of the Williams Patrol Division presented the funding request and proposal to the Arizona State Parks Off Highway Vehicle Advisory Group. Members of this group make decisions regarding the use of funding generated by the Arizona Off Road Stickers.