The communities within the Southern Area patrol zone are parallel with the County Supervisor District 2 region. This patrol area encompasses over 3,000 square miles, split in half by the Bradshaw Mountain Range, reaching as far southwest as Bagdad, Yarnell and Congress, and southeast to Dewey/Humboldt, Mayer, and Black Canyon City.
The Southern Area Command Bureau is under the command of an assigned Lieutenant who maintains an office at 13272 Central Avenue in Mayer. This office is open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Two other offices are open on a part-time basis, Bagdad Substation located at 100 South Main Street on Monday, Thursday & Friday, 8am to 4pm and Yarnell Substation located at 119 Lookaway, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am to 4pm. Various other “substations” are located throughout the Southern Area, however they are not occupied more than two hours per day and any need for services should be directed to our Communications Center (Dispatch) to ensure you receive timely service.
The Southern Area Command Bureau has the following Specialized Units/Sections.
Due to the vast region to patrol, this area has been divided into sectors to provide the public clear statistics and validation of reported crimes in their areas.
The residential communities of White Horse Ranch and Henderson Valley, both being subdivisions located off Highway 169.
The small somewhat remote community of Cherry, which lies between Highway 169 and Highway 260.
Poland Junction used to be a railroad community but is now primarily a residential area.
Cordes Lakes is a growing community with a population of several thousand. Located at the Junction of Highway 69 and Interstate 17. The community is a host to truck stops, fast food and convenience stores for all the truck drivers and travelers as well as several small shops and businesses that serve the local residents.
Spring Valley is a primarily residential community where the area High School is and provides a small business district on the highway frontage. There is one of the Yavapai Court ordered schools for girls, the Spring Valley Academy.
Other points of interest include Arcosanti. Advertised as the city of the future, designers, builders and architects come to study and hone their skills. Orme, a community based around a residential college Prep School.
Crown King is a small community located high in the mountains. This small out of the way area with hotel, restaurants and general store is a very popular recreational destination.
Primarily residential, these communities have a long history and tradition of mining and ranching. There are still many active ranches and mines operating in this area. These are small close-knit communities with small populations under two to three thousand people in each.
Yarnell has the largest amount of commercial property with a grocery store, gas station, a few restaurants and some small shops. Yarnell Justice Court and a Sheriff’s substation are located just off Highway 89.
There are several master planned communities in the works as well as some commercial growth. Highways 89, 93 and 71 provide major transportation arteries throughout the area.
Hillside and Yava are small rural residential communities’ with a small school and a current population of a few hundred. This area is rich in history and has a military heritage going back to the civil war. Fort Date Creek was established to protect settlers and prevent the Confederacy from gaining a foothold in the territory.
As most of the communities in the Southern Area, there is plenty of history and tradition in ranching, mining and railroads throughout this sector.