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Coconino County, AZ – The extended weekend encompassing May 22 – May 25 resulted in a significant number of calls stemming from outdoor activity in Northern Arizona. Sheriff’s Deputies worked closely with US Forest Service, National Park Service (Lake Powell) and other Northern Arizona public safety personnel to address the increased outdoor activity. Community and forest area patrols included increased safety and enforcement measures related to off highway vehicle traffic violations, boating violations, and fire restriction violations.
For the period of May 22-25, 2020 deputies responded to 1407 total calls for service, including both citizen initiated and officer initiated activities. Deputies responded to 938 total calls for service during the previous weekend of May 15-18. The below chart shows a comparison of some of the more common types of calls during the holiday and non-holiday time frames.
Patrol Calls for Service:
Examples of Activity / Nature of Call for Service as Dispatched
May 15-18, 2020(4 days)
May 22-25, 2020(4 days)
Disturbing the Peace
Motorist and Public Assists
Emergency Call (911) Hang-ups
Emergency Medical Calls
Attempt to Locate
Assist Other Agency
Message for Unit / Citizen Inquiries
Domestic Related Incident
Search and Rescue / Missing Person
Forest and Community Patrols
All Other Categories
Traffic / Moving Vehicle Stops: Deputies throughout the county conducted 212 traffic stops during the extended holiday weekend, resulting in 7 arrests, 35 moving vehicle violation citations, 5 repair orders, and 31 written warnings. Many of the traffic stops were for off road vehicle traffic issues.
Page Boat Patrol: Deputies at Lake Powell made contact with numerous vessels to address boat safety issues. During the contacts with boaters, deputies not only checked for impaired driving but also checked to make sure the right safety equipment was onboard and accessible.
Detention Facility: The Coconino County Detention Facility Flagstaff Facility receives arrested persons from Coconino Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Police Department, Northern Arizona University Police, Williams Police, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and state and federal agencies in the area such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Arizona Game and Fish.
During the period of May 22-25, 2020, a total of 72 persons were booked (5 of these were at the Page Facility). Of the total bookings, 27 were booked on felony charges.
The Sheriff’s Office thanks all those individuals and other public safety agencies who assisted with responses during this holiday weekend and in helping to keep our community safe.
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Note: Numbers are best estimates at time of data summary based on field reports from deputies, detention, and dispatch information.