Originally Published: March 4, 2018 6 a.m.
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher addressed U.S. Forest Service law enforcement personnel for the Southwest Region at their annual Law Enforcement Refresher training conference held on Feb. 26, in Tucson.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office works closely throughout the year with local Forest Service personnel on public lands.
Responsibility for many Law Enforcement functions and all search and rescue missions on these lands belong to the Sheriff’s Office. Mascher addressed the understanding of the cooperation in light of the unique role within each agency, according to Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.
Some of the topics Mascher covered included state law enforcement certification, providing search and rescue and law enforcement service on public lands, radio/data communications between agencies, fire evacuation protocols, marijuana eradication, gun ranges and clean-up issues, and multi-agency training efforts.
Mascher also addressed the inconsistent protocols involving land closures amongst the various forest regions in the southwestern United States.
Mascher recently authorized one-year state certification for several line level federal law enforcement partners. The certification provides federal law enforcement personnel the capability to assist YCSO deputies and detectives when requested.
Mascher approved the certification for each agency representative under his statutory authority as Sheriff. The assistance requested by YCSO personnel from these agencies in the past has been invaluable due to the scope of resources provided and otherwise unavailable. These officers bring specific expertise associated with many of the specialized investigations conducted by YCSO at no cost to the county budget.