Graham County Sheriff's Office (Arizona)

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Graham County Sheriff's Office
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Patch of the Graham County Sheriff's Office
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Graham County, Arizona in the state of Arizona, United States
Map of Arizona highlighting Graham County.svg
Map of Graham County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 4,641 square miles (12,020 km2)
Population 37,416 (2012)
Legal jurisdiction Graham County (excluding San Carlos Indian Reservation)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Safford, Arizona
Agency executive Preston "P.J." Allred, Sheriff
Stations 1
Jails 1
Graham County Sheriff
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

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).[1]

GCSO patrol vehicle in Safford.

Animal control[edit]

The GCSO provides animal control services to Thatcher, Pima, and unincorporated areas of the county, as well as assisting Safford Animal Control.

Graham County Animal Control is operated under the Graham County Animal Shelter.[2]

Search and Rescue[edit]

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.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Graham County Sheriff's Office, 6 officers have died in the line of duty.[3]

Officer Date of Death Details
Sheriff Ben Crawford
Thursday, December 3, 1885
Deputy Sheriff Tom Campbell
Tuesday, September 24, 1912
Deputy Sheriff Albert Munguia
Tuesday, September 24, 1912
Sheriff Robert F. McBride
Saturday, February 9, 1918
Undersheriff Martin Kempton
Saturday, February 9, 1918
Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten
Saturday, February 9, 1918

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Website". Graham County Sheriff's Office. 
  2. ^ Graham County Animal Shelter
  3. ^ [1]

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