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Sheriff's Weekly Highlights May 27, 2016
CCSO Search and Rescue Staying in the Forefront of Search and Rescue Technology

On May 17-18 the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit hosted the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) who provided training on a new software.  The JPRA reports to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff of the US Armed Forces.  They have developed a new software program called Optimal Search Planner for Personnel Recovery Execution (OSPPRE) which uses geospatial information and lost person movement modeling.  The model can be used to determine optimal locations and suggest priority search assignments. 

The training CCSO SAR received was the first of its kind provided to civil Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel by the JPRA. The OSPPRE software was originally developed for military personnel working in a combat area, but its value for civil search and rescue was realized.  It is now being shared with civil SAR practitioners to test, and our agency is one of those that has been selected for testing. 

Our relationship with the JPRA was born out of our participation in the Angel Thunder personnel recovery exercise that occurs annually in Arizona. In addition to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office several personnel from Apache County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol, and the National Park Service also attended the training. These agencies will test the software alongside existing search planning methods this summer.

Congratulations to Our Most Recent Graduate from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy
NARTA Graduation

“The goal of our Basic Training Program is to provide you with the highest quality law enforcement training so that you may acquire the needed knowledge, develop necessary skills, and become confident in your ability to become a successful peace officer. You will soon discover that the law enforcement profession is one of high demands and self rewards. Along the way, you will be challenged with a rigorous training program to help prepare you to perform the duties of a peace officer. NARTA provides the highest quality law enforcement training in Arizona,” Jeff Newnum, Academy Commander.

Proud parents of Deputy Scott Plunkett pin his badge on him during this week’s graduation ceremony.  Deputy Plunkett will now return to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office where he will enter the next phase of his field training program.

Sheriff’s Office Patrols and CERT Prepare to Help Make this Memorial Day Weekend Safe

Coconino County (Flagstaff, Williams, Page, Lake Powell, Forest Lakes, Blue Ridge, Sedona, Tusayan, Jacob Lake), AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all residents and visitors to Northern Arizona over the Memorial Holiday Weekend about some safety measures to keep your weekend enjoyable.

The Sheriff’s Office will conduct increased patrols throughout Coconino County roads, forests and waterways as part of our two-pronged approach of safety education and enforcement. Members of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT - look for their green vests) also will be at information contact points in Mountainaire and Munds Park sharing safety information with the public.

Let's work together to keep this Memorial Day Weekend safe. Here are some reminders for safe boating, camping, hiking, and OHV riding in Northern Arizona 

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