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Coconino County, AZ – The extended weekend encompassing July 3-5 resulted in a significant number of calls stemming from outdoor activity in Northern Arizona. Sheriff’s Deputies worked closely with US Forest Service, AZ Game and Fish, US Coast Guard, National Park Service (Lake Powell), AZ DPS, 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. Deputies and CERT volunteers also passed out brochures with information about OHV regulations / safety and fire restrictions.
For the period of July 3-5, 2020 deputies responded to 1024 total calls for service, including both citizen initiated and officer initiated activities. Deputies responded to 603 total calls for service during the previous weekend of June 26-28. 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:
Boat Patrol: Deputies at Lake Powell made 38 contacts with boaters to address 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.
OHV Patrol: Deputies throughout the county made 85 contacts with OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) operators and issued 18 OHV related citations during the holiday weekend. They responded to four OHV related collisions, several involving juveniles.
Fire Restriction Patrol: During the holiday weekend, deputies responded to 27 reports of fire ban violations and issued two citations for illegal campfires.
Search and Rescue Responses: Deputies responded to 9 SAR calls for service during the weekend. At least four of the Search and Rescue responses involved juveniles who were missing or lost, and two of the incidents required SAR Unit and DPS Air Rescue response (7/3/2020 for a missing juvenile in the Forest Lakes area and 7/5/2020 for a missing teenager separated from their hiking party on Humphrey’s Peak Trail).
Traffic / Moving Vehicle Stops: Deputies throughout the county conducted approximately 140 traffic stops during the extended holiday weekend. Citations issued included: 2 Child Restraint violations, 6 Criminal Speed violations, 27 Civil Speed violations, and 19 other traffic related violations. Many of the traffic stops were for off road vehicle traffic issues.
DUI Enforcement: Deputies made 2 DUI arrests.
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 July 3-5, 2020, a total of 58 persons were booked (7 of these were at the Page Facility). Of the total bookings, 23 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. # # #Note: Numbers are best estimates at time of data summary based on field reports from deputies, detention, and dispatch information.
Photo showing inter agency response vehicles in Forest Lakes over the July 4th holiday weekend.