Chief Deputy Jim Driscoll will be at the meeting to encourage continued neighborhood participation and to share information. Doney Park Community Deputies will be available to answer questions and provide support to this partnership between law abiding citizens, law enforcement and county government. District 4 Supervisor Mandy Metzger will be present to share information from Coconino County Government.
Sheriff’s Office staff will give a presentation on the Woods Watch Program during the Doney Park Neighborhood Watch meeting scheduled for Thursday May 1, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm.
Concerns regarding very dry conditions and the impending wildland fire season are on the minds of many community members who live in cities and unincorporated areas throughout Coconino County. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will provide “Woods Watch” training and orientation to Doney Park Neighborhood Watch participants. This training is open to all community members and is not limited to Doney Park Neighborhood Watch participants.
This volunteer program is similar to Neighborhood Watch and is of vital importance in residential areas that interface with forested land. Volunteers are asked to watch for people accessing closed areas of the forest and for people who are using fire carelessly or against current fire restrictions. These volunteers are trained to be especially vigilant for activity that may be occurring on forested lands in city limits, unincorporated areas of Coconino County, and on U.S. Forest Service land.
Woods Watch has been very successful in years past. In 2012, approximately 100 volunteers attended various training sessions and assisted Northern Arizona law enforcement officers in watching access points to the forest. With the extremely dry and windy conditions our communities often experience, a fire start may spread very quickly endangering lives and property. Woods Watch Volunteers provide additional sets of eyes in our community to assist law enforcement officers in keeping unlawful fire activity under check.