Sheriff Pulsipher Responds to BLM Cattle Roundup

Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management have been involved in an ongoing legal action that has resulted in a federal court ordering the BLM to seize and sell Mr. Bundy’s livestock. As a part of that action the BLM has planned to transport Bundy’s cattle through Washington County Utah to auction in Sevier county Utah. Sheriff Pulsipher opposes any such action.

Over the past week Sheriff Pulsipher, County Attorney Belnap and the Washington County Commissioners have been working to stop these cattle from being transported into Utah. These efforts have included discussions with Governor Herbert, Attorney General Reyes and the BLM. Sheriff Pulsipher and Public Safety Commissioner Squires are currently in Nevada meeting with BLM officials in an effort to prevent the transportation of these cattle to Utah.

Utah has continued to work through the legal system to control and administer our lands. These efforts have included suits asserting control of RS 2477 roads throughout Utah as well as legislative efforts such as HB 148 calling for the transfer of public lands to the states, as promised by their enabling acts. Sheriff Pulsipher and Washington County have been strong supporters of these efforts and have dedicated significant resources and personnel in the fight for greater local control over our public lands.

As the conflict between the BLM and Mr. Bundy continues, Sheriff Pulsipher remains committed to the Citizens of Washington County and protecting public safety. Any related demonstrations must be lawful and peaceful.

New Phone and Visiting Services Available at Purgatory Correctional Facility

This week, Purgatory Correctional Facility will be transitioning their inmate phone services from Value Added Communications to Telmate. This transition will include the following upgrades:

  • The installation of a new, modern inmate phone system
  • The addition of new, convenient deposit kiosks in the lobby
  • The introduction of voice mail for inmates
  • Free phone calls for recently arrested inmates
  • Lower costs for inmates and their friends and family.

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Purgatory Seeks RFP Submissions for Inmate Barbers

Washington County, Utah, is seeking proposals from qualified barbers who can provide haircuts to inmates at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, Utah. Proposals will be accepted starting on January 20th and ending on January 29th. For questions or a copy of the Request for Proposals, contact Chief Deputy Jake Schultz via phone at (435)656-6662 or via email at

Sheriff’s Office Honors Top Performers

On 12/12/13, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office held their annual awards banquet at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The Sheriff’s Office had many outstanding performers this year, and a select few were honored during this banquet. Continue reading

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Honors Employee of the Quarter

On November 18th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office honored Deputy Clint Aldred as our Employee of the Quarter (July 2013-September 2013). Deputy Aldred is an extremely hard working, knowledgeable and attentive deputy. He is known as a professional, who is firm, fair and respected by other staff and inmates alike. His co-workers have particularly praised his stability, calm temperament, focus and decisiveness, even in the most challenging situations. Continue reading

Sheriff’s Office Physical Fitness Program

In October, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up their annual Physical Fitness Program with their Fall testing session. Nearly 100 staff members participated in the various events , all geared to measure their overall strength and fitness. These events included the bench press, the vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run. The nature of these testing sessions has grown more competitive each year, and the overall winners for the year will be announced soon. Continue reading

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Delivers Halloween Surprise

On October 25, 2013, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office delivered a nice Halloween surprise to children at both Sandstone and Heritage Elementary Schools when they arrived with a truckload of Halloween pumpkins. Students all received their own pumpkin courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

Off Highway Vehicle Education Program

Washington County has always been a great location to enjoy the use of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV’s).  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is continually dedicated to educating the public in the safe and legal operation of OHV’s.  Our mission is to reduce injuries and fatalities through education.

As 2013 comes to an end, The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to recreate responsibly and follow the established laws related to OHV operation.  A commonly overlooked law is the requirement to possess a valid driver’s license and/or OHV safety certificate in order to operate an OHV on public lands.  Operators must be over the age of eight and have a current safety certificate or valid driver’s license. Continue reading

WCSO Offers OHV Safety Class November 30th

On Saturday, November 30th the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be offering an Off Highway Vehicle Safety Class.  This four hour course is designed to give riders the basic skills necessary to safely operate an OHV. Some of the topics included are OHV nomenclature, OHV laws in Utah, proper safety equipment, riding techniques, and much more. Continue reading

WCSO Explorers Attend Explorer Academy in California

The Explorer Academy is the highlight event of the year on the WCSO Explorer calendar. Because many of our Explorers have ambitions to pursue a career in law enforcement, attending the academy is a career building event. It puts Explorers through a boot camp experience, focused on law enforcement, giving them a chance to use many of the skills they have learned during the past year.

The Explorer Academy is an annual week long, live-in training experience for Explorers at the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center. During the academy, Washington County Explorers train and compete with Explorer posts from across California.

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