The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Forest Patrol is a specialized unit focused on the law enforcement responsibilities of the agency in the rural and remote areas of Yavapai County. This unit is currently comprised of two certified Deputies and one certified Sergeant. The units mission is to provide responsive and proactive law enforcement to the remote areas of Yavapai County specific to the needs of those areas and individuals.
Each Arizona County Sheriff is responsible for all search and rescue missions in their county. Among other duties, the Forest Patrol Unit is responsible for all Search and Rescue coordination with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers as well as Arizona State Emergency Management. In addition to managing lost person or rescue incidents, Forest Patrol manages the coordinated response to other catastrophic events such as wild fires and floods.
Currently the Forest Patrol Unit functions with the assistance of two Federal contracts. The first is from the United States Forest Service to provide law enforcement assistance in specified areas of the National Forest, and the other from the Drug Enforcement Administration to assist in the Eradication of domestically grown marijuana. The individuals in Forest Patrol work closely with these agencies as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Land Management. Personnel assigned to Forest Patrol received advanced training in search and rescue, the Incident Command System, federal law enforcement, domestic drug enforcement, and supervision.