Cottonwood Police Department

  • Agency: Cottonwood Police Department
  • Address: 199 S 6th Street, Cottonwood, 86326 AZ
  • Chief: Jody Fanning (Chief of Police)
Phone: 928-634-4246
Fax: 928-639-0611
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Cottonwood Police Department is located at 199 S 6th Street, Cottonwood, 86326 AZ. The Chief of Police of the department is Jody Fanning. The Cottonwood Police Department phone number is 928-634-4246.

Cottonwood Police Department News

On April 18, 2018 Sedona Fire District held their board meeting and during that meeting they recognized Cottonwood Public Safety Communication Center by reading a proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Communication Supervisor Emily Reed and Communication Specialist Elaina Avila were on hand to receive it. CPSCC dispatches for Sedona Fire Department.

At the City Council Meeting Tuesday evening April 17th, Chief Steve Gesell and Commander Gary Eisenga presented the Police Department’s 2017 Annual Report. The format is new and provides a transparent snapshot of our agency, how we (with the help of others many times) contribute our community and society, crime trends, and a recap of year-one strategic initiatives, all 53 of them. Without bragging, the document brings to light both the quality and quantity of work we do which is extremely compelling. We have a stellar team and together we make incredible differences in the lives of others. https://cottonwoodaz.gov/558/Police-Department-Annual-Report https://youtu.be/5NC8Z2wrKP0 Last night’s City Council meeting. PD presentation starts at 7:30.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood man arrested on several felonies while on supervised release from prison. Cottonwood, Ariz, April 17, 2018 — During the late evening hours of April 15th, 51 year-old Cottonwood resident, Robert Lee Burns, was arrested in the 900 block of S. Main Street for aggravated DUI, prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On April 15th at about 10 pm Cottonwood Police dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a suspected impaired driver. The caller reported Burns was visibly impaired and almost hit them with his blue Chevy pickup and then he pulled into the Circle K parking lot. The caller stated Burns walked into the store and then back out. He got into his truck and left southbound on Main Street eventually turning into the Suzy Q parking lot. By this time officers were in the area. Burns remained in his truck in the middle of the parking lot even though the store was closed. When officers approached Burns’ truck he was sleeping and the windows were halfway down where a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from inside of the cab. Officers were finally able to wake him up where his speech was incoherent and slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officers identified themselves as the Cottonwood Police Department and asked him to step out. Burns refused and then made a gesture with his hand as if it were a gun and he was shooting the officers. Burns had to be forcibly removed from the truck and put up a brief struggle before being placed into handcuffs. Burns was in possession of large knives (not pocket knives) on his person and inside of his vehicle. The investigation revealed Burns is a prohibited possessor, is on supervised release from the Arizona Department of Corrections and has a suspended driver’s license. Burns was also in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Burns was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center for aggravated DUI, prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia- all felonies. Alcohol concentration and drug content are pending his blood results from the crime lab.

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NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK APRIL 8TH THRU 14TH, 2018 Cottonwood, Ariz, April 13, 2018 - In 1991, Congress designated the 2nd week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week we are celebrating our Public Safety Communications Specialists. Citing President Bill Clinton’s Proclamation 6667 issued on April 12, 1994, ‘…the work of these “unseen first responders” is invaluable in emergency situations.” There is no such thing as “just a dispatcher.” These professionals are knowledgeable, dependable and adaptable. These dedicated men and women are the public’s first point of contact during a police, fire, or medical emergency. They answer 9-1-1 calls from people who may be experiencing the worst day of their life. Public Safety Communications Specialists obtain essential information, make critical decisions, and quickly dispatch responders. They provide life safety and scene stabilizing instruction to callers. They remain calm even in the most chaotic of situations. We are grateful for our Public Safety Communications Specialists and to all 9-1-1 Professionals, not just this week, but every day. – Marie Carpenter, Cottonwood Public Safety Communication Center Manager

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 8th-14th. Cottonwood Public Safety Communicators are some of the best dispatchers in the world!!! We are so proud of them. April is also 9-1-1 Education Month. Today Cottonwood Public Safety Communication Center Manager Marie Carpenter discussed the importance of proper use of 9-1-1 on Yavapai Broadcasting's County Wide.

*** OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE *** Cottonwood Police Department Traffic Patrol Cottonwood, AZ – The Cottonwood Police Department, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be participating in additional Traffic enforcement Friday, April 13th as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP). Efforts will be directed at enforcing a variety of traffic violations including speed, seat belts, red light running, and DUI. Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation. Please contact the Cottonwood Police Department at (928) 649-1397 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies. ###

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street Cottonwood, AZ 86326 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD ________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood, Ariz April 11, 2018, — This evening around 6:30 pm Cottonwood Police & Fire were called to W. Mingus Avenue and S. Candy Lane for a vehicle into an electric pole with lines down and a brush fire. The fire department was able to immediately extinguish the brush on fire but due to downed electrical lines they were unable to remove the occupants of the vehicle. APS was called to the scene to kill the electricity from the power lines in order to get the occupants out. No one was injured. The accident affected the power between Maverik Country Store and Circle K and extended south of Mingus Avenue. It’s unknown how far south of Mingus the power was out but it did affect the traffic control lights at Mingus & Main Street. The power wasn’t out for too long before being restored but it took longer to restore the traffic light. The cause of the accident was the result of a lower hanging power line that got caught on the top of the 5th wheel RV. The two occupants were adult females and their truck and 5th wheel were registered out of Wyoming.

CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT April 10, 2018 Traffic Control Change – Mingus Avenue & 6th Street Effective: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. Motorists traveling on Mingus Avenue between Willard & 10th Street can expect to see traffic control changes routing traffic to the newly paved south half of the roadway this evening around 6:00 PM. In addition, 6th Street will be opened to traffic in both directions. For motorists traveling in the area please be mindful of the traffic control change and obey the posted speed limit. Also note that the travel lanes will be narrow to accommodate two-way traffic through the corridor. All local businesses will remain open during construction. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in the area. If you have any questions, please contact: Robert Winiecke City Engineer rwiniecke@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2770

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cottonwood PD’s Annual Appreciation Dinner Cottonwood, Ariz, April 10, 2018— Saturday evening, April 7th was the annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cottonwood Police Department. Each year spouses of the officers organize the appreciation dinner to express to the employees their value to the department. Awards were handed out for Officer of the Year, Kiedi Dever; Volunteer of the Year, Ruth Flynn; Civilian of the Year, Johannah Rutschow (Victim Advocate); Communication Specialist of the Year, Tyler Dietel; New Employee of the Year, Tristica Kendall (Evidence Tech); and Supervisor of the Year, Marie Carpenter (Communications Manager). “We have amazing employees and volunteers who work tirelessly toward reducing crime and protecting everyone’s quality of life throughout Cottonwood”, said spokeswoman Sergeant Monica Kuhlt. ”Each person recognized and awarded was well deserved.” “I’d also like to add, the dinner was fully funded by generous donors in the community.” – Sgt. Kuhlt

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CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT April 5, 2018 Road Closure – 6th Street at Mingus Avenue Effective: Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 7:00 AM thru Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:00 AM This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. Motorists traveling on south 6th Street from Mingus Avenue can expect a complete road closure of south 6th Street. This closure will begin at 7:00am on Thursday, April 5, 2018 and continue thru 9:00am on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. For motorists traveling in the area please use Brian Micklesen Parkway and/or Aspen Street as a detour around this closure. All local businesses will remain open during construction. Access to businesses at the southeast corner of the intersection of Mingus Avenue and 6th Street will be provided from 6th Street and Mingus Avenue. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in the area. If you have any questions, please contact: Robert Winiecke City Engineer rwiniecke@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2770

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk OFFICER CORY SHILLING & K9 KRATOS Cottonwood, Ariz April 3, 2018, — February 8, 2018 the first annual Northern Arizona NPCA (National Police Canine Association) certifications were held in Prescott Valley. The NPCA certifying officials were Prescott Valley Officer Paul Hines and Cottonwood Officer Cory Shilling. Camp Verde Marshal's Office Deputy Jeff Bowers, Officer Dave McNally from Chino Valley PD and a novice certifying official Frank Razo from Tempe PD also assisted in making this event successful. Congratulations to the following agencies K9 handlers who successfully certified with their K9 partners: Sedona, Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, and Freedonia Marshal's Office. There were 8 successful K9 teams and we expect 25-30 teams for 2019 NAZ NPCA certs. (###)

Happy 50th Anniversary, 9-1-1! The first 9-1-1 call was made on February 16, 1968 by Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite from the Haleyville City Hall. Over the years, 9-1-1 has evolved to include Enhanced 911 (E911) which enables call to be routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP) while providing the emergency call-taker with the call-back number and address. Wireless 9-1-1 has also evolved to provide a call-back number and location information in the form of GPS coordinates. Voice over IP (VoIP) 9-1-1 is also required to display location information to 9-1-1. 9-1-1 continues to evolve into Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) as text to 9-1-1 is becoming a reality for many communities. (Text to 9-1-1 is not yet available in this area.) Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center Construction of the Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center (CPSCC) was completed and fully operational in December 2014. It is a state-of-the-art facility which serves as a public safety answering point (PSAP) and regional dispatching center. Personnel and Training CPSCC is staffed 24/7/365 by twenty-two employee positions, which includes three Communications Supervisors and three Communications Training Officers. Communications Specialists are certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) as Emergency Medical Dispatchers, Emergency Fire Dispatchers, and Emergency Police Dispatchers and are CPR certified. The training program takes approximately six months to complete and primarily consists of on the job training along with a 40-hour Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO) Public Safety Telecommunicator Course. Employees also complete continuing dispatch education requirements each month. Service Areas CPSCC provides dispatching services for the following agencies: • Cottonwood Police Department • Cottonwood Fire Department • Verde Valley Ambulance Company • Jerome Fire Department • Verde Valley Fire District (Verde Villages, Cornville, and Clarkdale) • Sedona Fire District • Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority (Camp Verde, Lake Montezuma, Rimrock) CPSCC is a primary PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point), answering 9-1-1 calls for the city limits of Cottonwood, Verde Villages, Cornville, Village of Oak Creek, and Lake Montezuma/Rimrock and designated cell phone towers throughout the Verde Valley. CPSCC is also a secondary PSAP, receiving transferred 9-1-1 calls from other PSAPs in the region. In 2017, CPSCC received 24,258 9-1-1 calls. 72.7% of these calls originated from wireless telephones. CPSCC has Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) and Wireless Phase II capabilities which provides location information to the call-taker. Text to 9-1-1 is not yet available in this area. Tips for Calling 9-1-1 • 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. Call 9-1-1 if you are in need of emergency police, fire or medical assistance. • Be aware of your surroundings and provide as much detail about the location of the emergency as possible. A street address, milepost number, cross streets, trail name, GPS coordinates, or landmarks can be used to describe the location. • If you call 9-1-1 by accident, stay on the line. Even if you hang up quickly, the 9-1-1 center receives a notification of your call. We will attempt to call you back and may send responders to your location to verify that everything is ok. • Never let children play with telephones. Cellphones that can power on, even if they are deactivated, can call 9-1-1. Educate children on the proper use of 9-1-1. Never call 9-1-1 as a prank. Emergency lines can be tied up, delaying a response to a true emergency. • Know the capabilities of the device you are using to call 9-1-1. If you are not sure how your telephone works with 9-1-1, contact your service provider for more information. Call-back and location information can vary drastically depending on the device you are using. • Text to 9-1-1 is not yet available in this area. • Call the non-emergency number for information requests or to report delayed, non-emergency incidents at 928-649-1397.

Daniel Grenough was introduced at tonight's City Council meeting as Cottonwood Fire Department's newest member. Welcome to the family Daniel.

Cottonwood City Council recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education month with a proclamation at tonight's meeting.

CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT April 3, 2018 Road Closure – 6th Street at Mingus Avenue Effective: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 7:00 AM thru Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5:00 PM This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. Motorists traveling on south 6th Street from Mingus Avenue can expect a complete road closure of south 6th Street. This closure will begin at 7:00am on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and continue thru 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. For motorists traveling in the area please use Brian Micklesen Parkway and/or Aspen Street as a detour around this closure. All local businesses will remain open during construction. Access to businesses at the southeast corner of the intersection of Mingus Avenue and 6th Street will be provided from 6th Street. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in the area. If you have any questions, please contact: Robert Winiecke City Engineer rwiniecke@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2770