Sedona AZ (July 16, 2012) – Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher evaluated the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office service to the Sedona, Arizona community of the Village of Oak Creek (VOC) and, as a result, is forming a new, full time patrol squad for the community, businesses, and tourists in the Village. Under current conditions, YCSO deputies may not be present in the Village of Oak Creek due to calls outside the immediate patrol area.
The VOC community lies in the midst of the scenic red rocks of Sedona and is surrounded by Coconino National Forest land. The Village has commercial and residential developments, a public and private school, golf resorts, and timeshares that cater to tourists. It is accessed by State Route 179 and is home to the famous Sedona landmark, Bell Rock.
Effective September 2, 2012, a full time squad, consisting of one Sergeant and four patrol deputies, will begin service to the VOC. The primary responsibility of the squad will be responding to calls for service, traffic enforcement, preventative patrols, and community policing.
The YCSO squad will work out of its present VOC office at Castle Rock Plaza, 6446 Hwy 179, Sedona, Arizona 86351. That office will be remodeled to allow a more “user friendly” environment for both the citizens and deputies, and will continue to be staffed by Office coordinator, Judy Valentine, Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM.
Deputies will work from the office seven days a week, 365 days a year.
For Fiscal Year 2012-2013, Sheriff Mascher proposed and the Yavapai Board of Supervisors approved upgrading an existing Deputy position to Sergeant which allows for proper leadership and supervision of the new VOC squad. The Sheriff’s Office selected veteran Sergeant Dan Winslow to fill this position.
Sergeant Winslow has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1988 and has worked as a patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Criminal Investigations Sergeant and Patrol Sergeant. Most of Sergeant Winslow’s career has been spent in the Verde Valley.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with questions at 928-771-3260.