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Tusayan Crime Remains Low

February 27, 2017

 For a town that sees hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, Tusayan Crime numbers are relatively low. Lt. Brian Tozer from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office recently updated the Town Council.

From January to December of 2016, there were 43 crimes against persons reported and 48 property crimes. There were 27 calls for disturbing the peace. 

There were 25 citations issued for drug offenses and 11 for disorderly conduct.

Speeding remains a concern but there is little the Sheriff’s Office can do to prevent speeding. Lt. Tozer said speed bumps are not permitted on Highway 64, or any other state highway. Warning strips are possible if ADOT approves. Lt. Tozer said excessive speeding tickets are rarely given to the same person more than once. He says the locals know better.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its search for a deputy that would live in Tusayan, but it remains a challenge. Housing for a resident deputy is available but Tozer notes the sheriff’s office cannot force a deputy to live in Tusayan.

Right now the department is having a hard time filling its ranks. They are currently down 12 deputies county-wide. He said recruitment has been a challenge as well.