Village of Oak Creek residents commonly joke if they need law enforcement, they’ll call the Sedona Fire District.
An unincorporated community, the Village relies on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for policing services.
It isn’t that YCSO does a bad job.
Wonderful, dedicated individuals serve as deputies for the office.
The size and terrain of Yavapai County is the problem.
With a limited number of deputies patrolling large areas, it’s obvious someone can’t always be in the Village.
Apparently, YCSO and residents weren’t the only people smart enough to figure out the chances are slimmer of catching a criminal in a place without its own law enforcement.
Last year a man broke into a Village home assaulting and robbing the homeowners in the early morning hours.
The man was at large for some time, but YCSO eventually caught up with the Cottonwood resident.
This spring, a rash of home burglaries in the Village and Sedona resulted in YCSO stepping up patrols in the area, although those criminals were not caught.
Most recently, two teenage boys went on a car burglary spree.
They weren’t so lucky when a resident called them in, and YCSO happened to be in the area.
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher saw a community growing in population and hosting thousands of tourists a year and a patrol model not capable of meeting the Village’s law enforcement needs.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved funding in its fiscal year 2012-13 budget to staff a Village substation with full squad, including a sergeant and four deputies, beginning Sunday, Sept. 2.
The Village isn’t the quiet, Sedona bedroom community a few hundred residents call home anymore.
Thousands live there and that many more visit daily, and now YCSO will be always be there to protect them.
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