|Graham County Sheriff's Office|
|Operations jurisdiction||Graham County, Arizona, Arizona, United States|
|Map of Graham County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.|
|Size||4,641 square miles (12,020 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||Graham County (excluding San Carlos Indian Reservation)|
|Graham County Sheriff|
The Graham County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Graham County, Arizona. It provides general-service law enforcement to unincorporated areas of Graham County, serving as the equivalent of the police for unincorporated areas of the county. It also operates the county jail system and the 24/7 countywide 911 communications center. The Graham County Sheriff's Office is sometimes referred to as the Graham County Sheriff's Department (GCSD).
Graham County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,220, making it the third-least populous county in Arizona. The county seat is Safford.
The police are a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect the lives, liberty and possessions of citizens, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their powers include the power of arrest and the legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with the police forces of a sovereign state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or territorial area of responsibility. Police forces are often defined as being separate from the military and other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie are military units charged with civil policing. Police forces are usually public sector services, funded through taxes.
The GCSO provides animal control services to Thatcher, Pima, and unincorporated areas of the county, as well as assisting Safford Animal Control.
Thatcher is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 4,865. It is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Pima is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 2,387, up from 1,989 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 2,524. Pima is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Graham County Animal Control is operated under the Graham County Animal Shelter.
The GCSO provides search and rescue services to Graham County. Also known as the Graham County SAR, the team is composed of trained volunteers who respond to search and rescue requests. The team actively trains to ensure that it is ready to respond to SAR situations within Graham County, including but not limited to swift water rescue, lost person searches, rope rescue, and some first-aid medical services. SAR operations are overseen directly by trained GCSO officers.
Richard Ivan Mack is the former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona and a political activist. He is known for his role in a successful lawsuit brought against the federal government of the United States which alleged that portions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act violated the United States Constitution. He is a former lobbyist for Gun Owners of America (GOA) and a two-time candidate for United States Congress. Mack is also the founder of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), and established the "County Sheriff Project" movement, both of whom reaffirm the constitutional power to refuse to enforce federal laws.
Since the establishment of the Graham County Sheriff's Office, 6 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Sheriff Ben Crawford||Gunfire|
|Deputy Sheriff Tom Campbell||Gunfire|
|Deputy Sheriff Albert Munguia||Gunfire|
|Sheriff Robert F. McBride||Gunfire|
|Undersheriff Martin Kempton||Gunfire|
|Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten||Gunfire|
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