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Deputies respond to 2,400 calls, make 102 arrests in Seligman and Ash Fork in 2023
Yavapai Sherriff asks residents to report crimes, reassures them of officer availability

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes addresses Ash Fork residents during a community meeting March 20.

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes addresses Ash Fork residents during a community meeting March 20.

SELIGMAN, Ariz. — In the last year, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded to nearly 2,400 calls and made 102 arrests in the Seligman and Ash Fork area.

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes met with Seligman residents March 13 and Ash Fork residents March 20 to discuss staffing improvements and crime rates.

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Around 60 people attended a public meeting with Yavapai County Sheriff's Office March 13 voicing concerns about response times and crime in the Seligman area. (Photo/YCSO)

According to Rhodes, YCSO is planning to add new deputies to cover the large area of northern Yavapai County, within the next few months. Currently, YCSO has four deputies patrolling this area.

Rhodes stated that competition for new law enforcement personnel has been fierce and YCSO is seeking a county-approved housing arrangement that will give deputies an incentive to move to the Seligman and Ash Fork area.

Rhodes said YCSO has made major recruitment strides in recent months to fill open positions within the agency, and new deputies are coming on board.

Some Seligman residents voiced concerns that criminals are not afraid of being held accountable by arrest, and many know when deputies are on patrol or not. They also said that in many cases they know who is involved in drug or theft crimes.

Rhodes assured residents that YCSO is prepared to respond 24/7 to emergency calls and is able to call other agencies to assist if they have officers closer to an incident.

He also urged residents to promptly report crimes so there is a record of the crime and incidents can be connected through proper investigations.

"We will do this together, but we need you to do your part," Rhodes said.

In response to Ash Fork residents' concerns about local drug activity, Rhodes said that the county Narcotics and Human Trafficking task force has added two full-time investigators and the K-9 Narcotics unit is now working full-time in local communities unless needed on Interstate or highways. Rhodes also highlighted the arrest of a county-wide drug dealer from Paulden.

Additionally, YCSO patrol vehicles parked in the I-40 median are narcotics K-9 units involved in drug interdiction. These units can respond to emergency calls if necessary, he stated.

Rhodes said that going after those who supply drugs is a priority and criminals will be arrested and prosecuted.

In addition to calling 9-1-1, crimes can be reported to Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. All calls are anonymous. You will never be asked to give your name.

Rhodes stressed that deterrent is the number one way to keep county residents safe and that YCSO and Yavapai County Attorney's office are working together to get the message out that if you break the law, you will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Additionally, YCSO encourages all county residents to sign up for Everbridge, Yavapai county's emergency mass notification system. Information on how to register is available at www.ycsoaz.gov and on the YCSO Facebook page.

Residents interested in the YCSO volunteer programs can call (928) 771-3281 for more information.


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