The Yavapai County Sheriff’s office has its roots in the Old West with the appointment of Van Ness C. Smith as its first Territorial Sheriff in 1864. Nineteen sheriffs were either appointed or elected to office between 1864 and 1912, the year of Arizona’s statehood. Since then 4 have been appointed and 12 elected including the most recent County Sheriff, Scott Mascher.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office works to diligently to maintain its Police-Community partnership. The department is committed to providing a safe environment for the County’s residents through education in community involvement and crime prevention as a cooperative effort. Crime reduction can greatly enhance the quality of the life of all the residents of Yavapai County when everyone works together.
The mission of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is their commitment to crime prevention; protecting life and property, keeping peaceful order and safety as well as enforcing laws and guarding constitutional rights.
Towards that end the Northern, Southern and Eastern Command areas have instituted CPTED or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. This is the combination of building design elements geared to crime prevention. This is more than deadbolt locks or alarm systems. By building into the design or doing an inexpensive upgrade, these crime prevention tactics are having real, positive effects across the country with some communities seeing as much as a 40% reduction in crime.
The Four Strategies of CPTED
Natural Surveillance – This allows intruders to be easily visible by allowing neighbors a large field of vision to the street and parking areas through front-facing windows and walkways and porches with sufficient light at night.
Territorial Reinforcement – Design features that provide an area of control that is obvious to both criminals and residents. These features can be landscaping, plants, pavement or gates/fences.
Natural Access Control – Streets, sidewalks entrances and neighborhood access this is clearly meant to be public access only by use of structural elements. This creates the idea that there is no way for an offender to gain private or unseen access to a neighborhood or home.
Target Hardening – This is the tried and true, time honored addition of window locks, deadbolt locks and interior door hinges
All of these strategies can help reduce crime and improve the quality of life.
Safety Education For Children with the “Right by Kids” Program
Now more than ever children need guidance from trusted leaders. The “Do-Right” instruction provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is a great place to start. This is a collaborative effort between the sheriff’s office and the US Department of Commerce. A sworn deputy, a civilian employee, or a Volunteer in Protection (V.I.P.) can present the program using the latest training methods. The program has the flexibility needed to provide the appropriate information at the appropriate age level. For example, Grades k-3 learn to make healthy choices, how to handle themselves against bullying and improving their self-esteem. Information about drugs is presented at an age-appropriate level. Children in older grades receive information geared for their age and maturity level. Current Sheriff Mascher’s “Right by Kids” program is available to any group throughout the county.
Deputy Do Right can visit any organization by contacting the Law Enforcement Education Department for more information.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office takes great pride in the “Right by Kids” program.
This educational program is intended to teach children of all age levels important messages about illegal drugs and their use. Children are exposed to difficult issues from all different types of sources. With this program, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to reach kids with a positive message about drug avoidance.
Another key component of the Sheriff’s Office is The Business Watch program. Based on “Neighborhood Watch” the program sends an email alert to businesses when criminal activity happens to a business of in a business’ general area of commerce to alert everyone. This could range from a credit card scam to an assault in a specific area.
Businesses can apply for the Business Watch Program sticker by filling out an application with the business name and address plus hours of operation and primary and secondary contact information. This sticker is placed in an area visible from the street so a patrol officer can see it from their vehicle and call their dispatch. Businesses can also request a no trespass form that allows officers to arrest any unauthorized individual on the business property on the owner’s behalf.
Neighborhood Watch is the time-tested program that involves combines neighbors and law enforcement to help reduce crime. The Sheriff’s Office along with the Prescott Police Department, through this program, works with neighborhoods in Prescott and other cities in Yavapai County to report suspicious activity, protect neighbors, their homes and property and look for solutions to problems in local areas.
The Block Watch program, a partner to Neighborhood Watch helps neighbors work with local law enforcement to identify crimes. The target area for the Block Watch Program is a 1 to 2 street perimeter within a neighborhood. This may eventually turn into a Neighborhood Watch for the area if one is not already established.
• City/town police department
Yavapai County, Arizona law enforcement is a unique cooperative of local (city and county), state, federal, university and Tribal officers.
The law enforcement agencies within the County are: Arizona Dept of Public Safety,
Chino Valley Police Department, Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Dept
and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
Arizona Dept of Public Safety
The Arizona Rangers were the first office law enforcement body in the Territory of Arizona. They were organized in 1901 by the Territorial Governor. Rustling and smuggling were the problems of day, and they made their mark on these crimes before disbanding in 1909.
In 1931 the Arizona Highway Patrol was started because of the large numbers of accidents and unlicensed vehicles on the roads. This group was part of the Arizona Highway Department. It was comprised of the superintendent, 1 patrolman for each of the 14 counties and a desk sergeant.
Established in 1969, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was commissioned to combine, into a single unit, a state-law law enforcement agency. It brought together the Highway Patrol, Liquor License Enforcement Division and Narcotics Divisions of the Arizona Department of Law, consolidated the functions and responsibilities of the Arizona Highway Patrol, the Enforcement Division of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, and the Narcotics Division of the Arizona Department of Law.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety today the embodiment of traffic law enforcement, drug and alcohol regulation, organized crime and racketeering. It also provides functional and technical help to local and state agencies within the scope of criminal justice system. These areas include but are not limited to laboratory analysis, air support, first response aid, communications and criminal information processing statewide.
The Department’s over 1600 employees promote public safety with cooperative enforcement, intelligence capabilities, enhances law enforcement employee training, and works with the public to increase awareness of offenders and their activities. The DPS serves public safety concerns for the entire state of Arizona.
Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police Department
The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Police Department is staffed by members of its own tribal community. Officers respond to Tribal members by emergency response or by contact on patrol. Following community-based policing allows the Tribal Police Department to maintain its low Reservation rate of crime while respectfully and fairly working with tribal members. The Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police Department always seeks to maintain high ethical and performance standards while respecting tribal culture and traditions.
The Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police Department is a part of the AlertID system. This system allows crime, emergency, public service and weather information to be delivered to tribal members through a secure social platform on native mobile applications for iOS and Android via text or email. This allows families access to information alerts of their choosing that enables them to make informed decisions about their daily lives.
College and University Safety
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott Campus Safety and Security Department
The department works with the community to provide a safe environment for all students, faculty and parents.
The Campus Safety and Security Department, in the center of the campus in Building 14, is tasked with the safety, security and campus emergency services. 24 hour dispatch is provided to the campus and Safety Offices patrol all halls, buildings grounds, parking areas and campus roads 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus provides 28 Blue Light Phones on campus to for quick access to security or assistance. Pressing the general information buttons accesses the campus security non-emergency number. Pressing a red button accesses emergency services, sets off a blue flashing light, alerts others there is an emergency situation and helps officers locate those in need of help.
The campus complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Statistics Act. This act is federal statute that requires colleges and universities who receive federal financial aid to maintain and disclose campus crime and security information for a period 3 years. A copy of the report submitted to the US Department of Education is on file at the Campus Security Office. Contact the Campus Safety & Security Department at Building 14 on the Prescott Campus or by calling 928-777-3333.
Yavapai College Police
Emergency Response Police Services
Contact Campus Police services at the Prescott Campus in Building 28
Or call 24 hours a day/7 days a week Tel: (928) 776-2185 Fax: (928) 776-2120
The Prescott Campus of Yavapai College is equipment with yellow emergency phone stations. These phones also are equipped with blue lights. You can use these phones to call for emergency assistance. A campus map is also available at the phone location. Press the red button for emergency assistance and wait for an office to respond to your location. Stay in place as long as it is safe. Use the black button for non-emergencies such as disable vehicle, locked classroom, minor injury reports or directions from your location.
The Yavapai College Police Department (YCPD) operates with certified Arizona Peace Officers, authorized Security Officers and a trained administration staff in the same manner as any municipal police department and is charged with the same duties, authority and responsibilities. The department promotes safety through awareness and education while reflecting the Community Policing Philosophy ideals. The YCPD promotes a safe campus experience for students, faculty and visitors.
Northern Arizona University
On-Campus Police Department
Safety is a top priority at Northern Arizona University, where a number of dedicated resources and services contribute to a safe learning environment:
The NAU Police Department is staffed by duly sworn officers certified by the State of Arizona and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The campus is patrolled 24 hours a by department officers.
Emergency Blue Light Phones
There are 130 blue light emergency phones at various campus locations, residence halls and all elevators. A push button on the phone will directly call the NAUPD on-campus dispatch center.
This free service sends a text messages to the students cell phone, or the cell phone of a friend or family member, for an emergency alert or weather-related issue.
JacksCard Building Access
Campus residents access their living quarters through this ID card. Please call the JacksCard office at (928) 523-1905 for lost or stolen cards.
Safety and Security Tips
The NAUPD website at askNAUPD@nau.edu has information, statistics, videos and other security information available. The website also has a daily campus crime report that covers the most recent 30 day period.
The campus complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Statistics Act. This act is federal statute that requires colleges and universities who receive federal financial aid to maintain and disclose campus crime and security information for a period 3 years. A copy of the report submitted to the US Department of Education is on file at the NAU Police Department Office or A PDF of the report can be viewed at nau.edu/clery or on the NAUPD website at askNAUPD@nau.edu. Contact NAU Police Department, building 98A, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 or by calling (928) 523-8884.
• County Jail
The Yavapai County Jail was built as part of the original Yavapai County Courthouse in 1867. In 1979, the new jail and administrative building were completed with the old 1918-era hardware from the jail moved to the new location.
There are currently 2 locations for the Yavapai County Detention Center.
1. Northern Detention Bureau – Prescott
Phone: (928) 771-3286
Fax: (928) 771-3499
255 East Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
2. Eastern Detention Bureau – Camp Verde
Phone: (928) 567-7734
Fax: (928) 567-7738
2830 N Commonwealth Drive, Suite 105
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
The County Detention Center is operated by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
Locating an individual in custody:
1. Online Yavapai County Inmate Search at
Department of Corrections Inmate Datasearch at
2. Call the Detention Facility Information Line (928) 567-7734.
You can now utilize the new video visitation system available at Camp Verde Detention Center for face-to-face visits. There is a $9.95 charge for this service via any standard internet connection and is available from 7:30 am to 10 pm and is limited to 20 minutes. Please visit the Securus website at https://securustech.net/ for access and further information.
If you are visiting on site at Camp Verde Detention Center please use the video monitors located in the building adjacent to the detention center parking. Visitation is available Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Visits must be scheduled at least 1 day and up to 14 days in advance and can be done online. No visits on-site on holidays. These visits are free. Please visit the Securus website at https://securustech.net/ to request a visit.
Sending mail to an inmate:
Letters only at this address. No packages of any kind can be accepted.
Mailing Address: [Inmate Name],
2830 N Commonwealth Drive, Suite 105
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Please see http://www.ycsoaz.gov/inmate-search-and-jail-information for a complete list of ineligible items.
Eastern Detention Bureau: (928) 567-7734
Telephone calls from inmates can only be made from their housing area.
No messages or incoming calls.
Please visit the Securus link at https://securustech.net/ for phone services information.
Money can be deposited for an inmate using SECURUS Technologies by visiting https://securustech.net/ for deposit services for trust fund accounts or prepaid phone services.
You also use the kiosks at the Yavapai County Detention Center. The kiosks take, cash, MasterCard or Visa debit or credit cards.
Use the automated phone system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-574-5729.
Please access the following PDF guides for post release information or information on the Reach Out Program
POST RELEASE RESOURCE GUIDE at /Portals/0/FINAL_Resource%20Guide1_1.pdf
REACH OUT PROGRAM
Identifying mental health and substance abuse issues early by involving various community resource partner, providing consistent services for help and finding the proper care for the individual to reduce or prevent prison time.
• The distance and general directions from the county seat to Phoenix Arizona.
If you are driving from Prescott to Phoenix Arizona, these directions will help get you the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and vicinity. It is approximately 104 miles from Prescott, Arizona to Phoenix, Arizona.
From Courthouse Square downtown to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) exit off I-10
Head north on S Montezuma St toward W Gurley St – 0.3 mi
Turn right onto W Sheldon St – 1.0 mi
Turn left at E Gurley St – 0.2 mi
Slight right at AZ-69 S – 33.1 mi
Merge onto I-17 S via the ramp to Phoenix – 68.3 mi
Take exit 194 to merge onto I-10 toward Sky Harbor – 1.1 mi
Arrive Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
104 mi – about 1 hour 56 minutes
Depart Prescott, Arizona via the Arizona Shuttle Motor Coach. Catch the Shuttle at the Arizona Shuttle Office at 740 N Montezuma Street in Prescott, AZ 8630. The shuttle makes more the 70 daily round trips to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Shuttle departing times are every 45 minutes from 2:15 am until 9:15 pm daily from Prescott. Travel time to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.