Cochise County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Cochise County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 205 N Judd Dr, Bisbee, AZ
  • Chief:
Phone: 520-432-9500

Cochise County Sheriff's Office is located at 205 N Judd Dr, Bisbee, AZ. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office phone number is 520-432-9500.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office News

Dragoon Road to close for railroad repairs Drivers are advised that Dragoon Road, Dragoon, between Interstate 10 and State Route Highway 191 will be closed on March 27 to allow for rail crossing repairs. Union Pacific Rail Road will be carrying out repair work at the Dragoon Crossing, located between Johnson Road and Black Prince Road, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Notice boards advising of the closure will be in place leading up to the repairs, and traffic will be rerouted via detour signs on March 27. Drivers are reminded to proceed safely and responsibly and to adhere to the signs during this time. For more information call the Cochise County Highway & Floodplain Department at (520) 432 9300.

Narcotics, Weapon, and U. S. Currency located during traffic stop in Sierra Vista In the early evening hours on Tuesday March 20, 2018, Detectives with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a civil traffic violation at East Fry Blvd. and Bel Aire Place in Sierra Vista. The vehicle was being operated by Robert Montoya and also occupied by passenger Mari Kirby. During the traffic stop, a Sheriff’s Office Canine checked the exterior of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search of the vehicle and passengers was conducted. Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Butane Honey Oil, U.S. Currency and a Weapon were located. Montoya, 44 years of age from Sierra Vista was arrested and booked into the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the following charges: Possession of a Dangerous Drug Possession of a Dangerous Drug for Sale Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 Counts) Kirby, 23 years of age from Sierra Vista was arrested and booked into the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the following charges: Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Butane Honey Oil) Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Drug Offense Possession of Marijuana (3 counts) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (6 counts) Use of an Electronic Device during a Drug Offense The investigation is continued by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit.

Sheriff Mark Dannels, Chief Adam Thrasher, Palominas School Superintendent Marylotti Copeland, and Cochise County School Superintendent Jacqui Clay, along with ALICE Trainers from both the Sheriff's Office and Sierra Vista Police Department were on hand last night to present information about the training that has been provided to over 12,000 students, teachers, and churches over the past 18 months. The event was scheduled to provide critical information to the public, parents, teachers, and others about the importance of training and being prepared for an active killer situation. As an example: Did you know that schools provide ONE fire drill per MONTH (every month) to ensure the training about fire situations remains constant? Did you know that the last child that died in a school fire was in 1958? Did you know that schools provide ONE active killer drill per YEAR? Do you know how many children have been killed or injured in active killer situations just in 2018 alone? WE NEED TO DO BETTER ! Although being the second such presentation, and being publicized, the event was attended with less than what we were hoping for, but we appreciated everyone who took the time to become educated in the process. These types of events are crucial to communicate public safety points to our citizens, and each time there is yet another school violence incident, the need becomes greater. Training can save lives so when we host another event, we hope that you can take some time from your schedule and join us.

Mark your calendars for another great event this year! Bring the animals, the kids, the spouse, and just come enjoy the day with us! We hope to see you there!

Sheriff Mark Dannels is waiting at Buena High School to welcome you to tonight's school safety presentation, we hope to see you here!

On Monday March 19, 2018, Cochise County’s Sheriffs Deputy Dion came to Ms.Vicks Kindergarten class to give a talk about “Stranger Danger” before embarking on a field trip to the zoo this week. Teacher Lisa Dion said, "Hats off to my husband, Deputy Dion, that volunteered to come in on his day off! The kids loved it!" Thanks Deputy Dion for being such a dedicated professional!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2018 Governor Doug Ducey Introduces Safe Arizona Schools Plan Action Plan Enhancing The Safety Of Arizona Schools And Communities PHOENIX – To improve the safety of Arizona schools and communities, Governor Doug Ducey today released the Safe Arizona Schools Plan. Arizona students have the right to feel safe in their classrooms and parents deserve peace of mind that their children are protected at school and in their communities. Learning from past tragedies and looking at the cracks in the system, areas have been identified where resources can be provided to protect against severe threats and close loopholes to better protect Arizonans while still guarding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. When developing these Arizona based solutions, Governor Ducey met with stakeholders from across the state including: students, parents, teachers, school administrators, behavioral and mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, county prosecutors, Democratic and Republican legislators, the Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. To address the shared concerns and priorities of these diverse groups, the Safe Arizona Schools Plan was developed. “Arizona can lead the nation in tackling the issue of school safety and the Safe Arizona Schools Plan is an aggressive approach that puts the safety of our schools and communities first,” said Governor Ducey. “This plan has been shaped by the lessons we’ve learned from past tragedies and by meaningful solutions we’ve heard from Arizonans across the state. School safety is a top priority for the entire state and we are committed to taking swift and decisive action to increase the safety of our communities.” Calls for action in the plan include: • Investing in mental and behavioral health resources at schools • Creating a central tip line for reporting school safety concerns • Restricting firearms access for dangerous individuals through a Severe Threat Order of Protection (STOP) • Enhancing background checks by improving the completeness and accuracy of the criminal history database • Increasing school resource officers and law enforcement resources for schools • Eliminating background check gaps ### For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey's press office: (602) 542-1342.

Come and see the animals and have some fun!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2018 St. Patrick’s Day detail nets six DUI arrests Sierra Vista, AZ. 03/19/18. The Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force made six driving under the influence arrests during a saturation detail conducted in the Sierra Vista area on Saturday, March 17, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The detail was performed by the Sierra Vista Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Huachuca City Police Department, and Tombstone Marshal’s Office. In addition to the DUI arrests, the detail resulted in the following: 93 stops/contacts, 61 warnings/repair orders, seven designated drivers, 11 civil speed citations, three miscellaneous citations, two child restraint citations, one possession of marijuana arrest, and one driving on a suspended driver’s license arrest. Three of the six DUI arrests resulted in an average blood alcohol content of 0.132, which is nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08. The remaining three DUI arrests, to include an aggravated DUI, resulted in a blood draw; therefore blood alcohol content data is not available. The Sierra Vista Police Department also participated in the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Mandatory Enforcement Reporting Dates Program by reporting miscellaneous traffic stats from Thursday, March 15, to Saturday, March 17, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The following stats were recorded: 100 stops/contacts, 70 warning/repair orders, three designated drivers, eight civil speed citations, six miscellaneous citations, three misdemeanor DUI arrests, one aggravated DUI arrest, two under 21 with alcohol in body arrests, one contributing to delinquency of a minor arrest, one misconduct involving a weapon/prohibited possessor arrest, three driving on a suspended driver’s license arrests, one possession of marijuana arrest, one possession of narcotic drug arrest, one possession of a dangerous drug arrest, one possession of a dangerous drug for sale arrest, one felony warrant arrest, one misdemeanor warrant arrest, one resisting arrest, one interfering with judicial proceedings arrest, and one tampering with physical evidence arrest. Three of the four DUI arrests resulted in an average blood alcohol content of 0.148. The fourth DUI arrest resulted in a blood draw. With continuous support from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force reminds drivers that if you choose to drive hammered, you will get nailed. Get a designated driver, not a DUI! Contact: Corporal Tim Wachtel, PIO/CRO or Sgt. Brian Sebastian Sierra Vista Police Department 911 N. Coronado Drive Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 452-7500 ext. 2382

Get Ready for Fire Season, get Set, to Go!

Sheriff Dannels spoke at the Willcox Animal Shelter Grand Opening yesterday. We are confident this completed project will be a great success for the community!

Stay Safe on this Saint Patrick's Day Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office Animal Control has coordinated for a Rabies Shot Clinic to be held on Sunday at the Benson Community Center (750 W Union) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There are a limited number of vaccinations available and the price is right...FREE. So bring your unvaccinated animals and any prior shot records to get in on this deal. See you Sunday!

Willcox Chief of Police Jose Rios is with Sheriff Mark Dannels today for the grand opening of the Willcox Animal Shelter. Come by for a visit and take home a friend:)

Hoppy St. Patricks Day and No Safe Ride Home? Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that's one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year. Remember that a friend pinching you for not wearing green may be unlucky, but if we pinch you for drinking and driving you will feel it in your wallet, with your family, for your future employment, and laddies for many a year to come! Please stay safe out there and make lucky choices for your future by not drinking and driving!

Just another reminder that fire does not wait for procrastinators. Get Ready, Set your priorities, and Go at a moments notice. Be vigilant and stay safe out there!

Lane restrictions continue on Interstate 10 between Dragoon and Johnson roads east of Benson at Texas Canyon Rest Areas The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions on I-10 between Dragoon and Johnson roads east of Benson at the Texas Canyon Rest Areas: • Eastbound I-10 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) at milepost 321 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, through Thursday, March 22. Vehicles are restricted to 14-foot width limit. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment. For more information please visit the project website. Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit Make Arrests In the early morning hours on Thursday March 15, 2018, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit concluded a local methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking investigation by executing a search warrant on a residence in the 1100 block of Meadows Drive in Sierra Vista. Several arrests were made in addition to seizures of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia. The following subjects were arrested and booked into the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Jail; Roman Salaiz, 59 years of age from Sierra Vista, was arrested for: Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale (Heroin) Possession of Narcotic Drug (Heroin) Possession of a Dangerous Drug for Sale (Methamphetamine) Possession of a Dangerous Drug (Methamphetamine) Possession of Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (6 Counts) Use of a Building to Sell Drugs Linda Sue Snedden, 63 years of age from Sierra Vista, was arrested for: Possession of a Dangerous Drug (Methamphetamine) Possession of Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts)

Cochise County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Mission On Wednesday March 14, 2018 at approximately 8:00 pm, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was advised of a lost hiker in Ramsey Canyon south of Sierra Vista. The report was of a 57 year old man who was lost on the Arizona Crest Trail and the Search and Rescue Team was activated. A ground team was dispatched up the trail to reach the team on foot while the Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter "Ranger 1" located and confirmed the status and location of the subject. Due to high winds at the top of the mountain, a landing was deemed too dangerous. "Ranger 1" returned temporarily to Tucson for fuel and to standby for additional assistance if needed. Ground Teams with the assistance of U.S Border Patrol Brian Terry Naco Station Mountain Team were able to make quick time and contacted the hiker at the top the Arizona Crest Trail. After providing the subject with warm clothing, water, and some food, the entire party was able to hike back out to the trailhead. CCSO SAR would like to thank all the assisting agencies for their support in the successful completion of this mission. Way to go all involved!

ADOT Issues Road Closure Please be advised that I-10 is closed in both directions at approximately 11:46 am (eastbound at the I-10/US 191 N TI and westbound in Lordsburg). This has been confirmed with ADOT and both AZ DPS and NM DPS. All normal detour protocols are being put in place. All Construction and Maintenance activities have been shut down and move out of the normal reroute. Please expect WB traffic in Duncan at approximately 12:15 pm and EB Traffic in Safford at approximately 12:25 am. The closure is expected to be in place until evening when winds subside. Be Safe!

The recently formed Benson Resource Council is hosting a Volunteer Sign-up event on Sunday March 19, 2018 at the Benson Community Center. If you have ever thought about being a volunteer and giving back to your community, please plan to attend and meet with members who can give you a first hand look at what the program is and what we hope to accomplish. See you there!