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Previous 2016 Highlights

Coconino County Jail Baptistery

Jail Receives Donation of a Baptistery

Over the years Chaplain Jeff Drayton and other religious volunteers at the Coconino County Jail have received requests from inmates to be baptized, but the jail did not have the capability.  

Working with the non-profit organizations The American Rehabilitation Ministry and 
Rescued Not Arrested we were able to obtain a baptistery for our jail. The American Rehabilitation Ministry donated a new full immersion portable heated baptistery valued at $1,700 to the Coconino County Detention Facility.  The Sheriff's Office purchased some upgrades including casters and a heater.  

Inmates who want to be baptized have the opportunity to meet with the volunteer Chaplains, who will discuss with the inmate the significance of and the process of baptism.  Once the inmate has a full understating of the process, he or she will be scheduled for baptism and receive a certificate of baptism.  Detention staff will schedule the use of the baptistery on a bi-monthly basis to inmates who request to be baptized.

Celebrating Theresa Arias’ Dedication of Service to Community

Theresa Arias and Sheriff Pribil

Theresa Arias, affectionately known as, “Mother Theresa”, began her service with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office in 1979.  She began her career as a Deputy in the Jail and promoted to Sergeant during her tenure.  She retired from her career in the jail in 1990. 

After retirement, Theresa worked in the Records Department of the Sheriff’s Office for seven years.  Her dedication brought her back to our office in 2001 to start the women’s sewing program in our detention facility.

Many women who qualify for the sewing program have little to no sewing skills, but with Theresa’s guidance, and her straight forward and motherly approach, the women became productive seamstresses and this also gave them more confidence in their own personal abilities.

The sewing program’s initial purpose was to repair inmate uniforms, sheets, blanket and towels.  It evolved to include quilt making and numerous other items such as pot holders, pillows, Christmas stockings and many other items.  These items are donated to charities and non-profit organizations that serve children, elderly, others in need in our community and animals in shelters.  The sewing crew produces approximately two hundred and fifty to three hundred blankets per year. The female inmates who participate in the sewing program do not get paid; however, they are able to choose one of their blankets to keep for when they are released from jail.

Theresa Arias was recognized by two local Soroptimist Clubs with the Making a Difference for Women Award.  On Thursday, January 7, 2016 the Coconino County Sheriff's Office and community members met to express their gratitude to Theresa Arias for her dedicated service to our community and the Sheriff's Office for so many years. 

Sheriff's Deputies Teach Young Adults About Risky Behaviors

CCSO K9 Unit?

On March 10, 2016 Sergeant Boeck and Sergeant Sifling made a DUI presentation to Professor Sonya Pederson's H250 - Prevention Concepts for Risky Health Behaviors class at Northern Arizona University.  The officers taught about the hazards of driving while impaired.  

Deputies Wenstrom and Shouse along with their K-9 partners Ruger and Kiko conducted demonstrations of felon apprehension and narcotic detection for the class as well. The demonstration was well received by the class and several other students stopped to watch the canines in action.  

The goal of the partnership is to provide important safety information to young adults.

Detention Facility Improving Safety with Backup Cameras 

As means of improving safety during inmate transport to courts, inmate appointments and other detention facilities, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility in coordination with County Fleet Management has installed back up cameras to all the inmate transport vans. 

New Scout Ready for All-Purpose Responses
CCSO Snowcat

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors presented to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office a new snowcat / all-terrain transport vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office.

The new snowcat will provide Sheriff’s Office SAR with a reliable vehicle to respond to a variety of snow and all-terrain emergencies. It is a multi-functional all-terrain vehicle that can be used on mud, snow or ice. The new PistenBully Scout from Kassbohrer All-Terrain Vehicles, Inc. was purchased for $180,150. The current snowcat is a 1984 DeLorean Snowcat which is over 30 years old and has reached the limits of its serviceability, often being out of service because parts are unavailable.

Coconino County Public Works Fleet Management also assisted by researching equipment on the market and identifying a replacement snowcat that would best serve community given the weather and terrain conditions in Coconino County.

The PistenBully Scout is powered by a John Deere diesel engine meeting the most current Tier 4 emission standards established by the EPA, which means less noise and less fuel consumption. While most machines are single-seated ski resort groomers and some are multi-passenger machines, the Scout has seating for an operator, front seat passenger, and 8-12 passengers. It also can be configured to carry approximately 9 passengers and a litter carrier for injured persons. 

CCSO K9 Training Suit

K9 Unit Receives New Training Suit 

Due to a generous donation from a family in our community the Sheriff's Office was able to purchase our own new training bite suit.  

The suit is a Demanet brand suit and it was custom made in Europe. The total price in obtaining the suit was $1,500.  It comprises of both the jacket and pants and provides maximum protection as well as allowing good mobility. 

The suit which has been used in the past for training was on loan to the Sheriff's Office and was too large for most decoys. 

Deputy Christie Wenstrom and K9 partner Ruger, demonstrated the training involved with Ruger in the finding and apprehension of a felon and the detection of illegal drugs.  Deputy Silverstein volunteered to be the decoy and he wore the new bite suit. 

New Electronic Charging Request Improves Process Flow 

The Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce a more efficient method of coordinating information about cases and charging requests between the Sheriff's Office and the County Attorney’s Office.  The new system allows deputies to create an electronic file cabinet that houses the police report, charging information, videos, photos, audios and other relevant information.  The Coconino County Attorney Office receives electronic notification of the files and downloads them into their records management system.  They can then also electronically communicate about the case status back to the Sheriff's Office.  Previously, paper copies, computer discs with supporting documents, and case status forms had to be hand delivered between the two agencies.  Now there is not only a reduction of hard copies but also a time saving element in sharing information as well as electronic tracking of the delivery and receipt of information.

The Sheriff's Office IT Team developed the programming to electronically gather information from the Sheriff's Office records system to the Coconino County Attorney.  County IT has also been working with the Coconino County Attorney Office to import the information into their records management system.  

Sheriff's Office Testing Proof of Concept for Electronic Warrants 

A new more efficient statewide warrants system is being tested at Coconino County Sheriff's Office and Flagstaff Municipal Court.  Over the next several months, the Sheriff's Office is the site of an Electronic Warrants Proof of Concept that will streamline data entry into warrant databases and reduce paper.  As the result of the already great processes and flow in place for warrants in Coconino County, the Arizona Office of the Courts and Waterhole Justice Consulting selected our jurisdiction as the test site for what they hope will be the future of warrants processing statewide.  The system being tested helps create an electronic process for the courts to create warrants from their case management system and to collect the judge’s signature electronically, reducing significant paperwork.  The court’s system then transmits the warrant electronically to the Sheriff's Office which houses warrants issued in the county. 

The Sheriff's Office then completes entry of the warrant into the statewide warrants database ensuring that any additional or relevant information is “packed” into the warrant.  With the receipt of the information electronically, several steps involving re-entry of warrant information into different databases are eliminated.  Currently the Proof of Concept is being tested on Rule 26.1 Warrants – Rule Warrant for Failure to Pay.  Future phases of the electronic warrants system would include transferring of the data into multiple statewide records management systems with the ultimate goal of a state repository system.  

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