Pictured: L to R- Sheriff Mike Bourchard of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, Sheriff Scott Mascher, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sheriff David Walcher of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, and Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Photo courtesy of YCSO
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YCSO Sheriff meets with U.S. Attorney General Sessions about school safety

03/28/18

PRESCOTT – On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Sheriff Mascher along with Sheriffs from Michigan, Colorado and Florida, had the honor to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the topic of school safety and information sharing.
Sheriff Mascher shared his concerns, suggestions and an overview of the work being done in Yavapai County to address upfront prevention with mental health treatment and available resources. The one-hour meeting with Sessions included discussions on students and the impact of drugs, mental health intervention and diversion, threat identification and response and federal funding among many other issues.
Sheriff Mascher specifically mentioned the need for federal funding for mental health resources at the local level, including treatment and housing at qualified clinics. Also discussed was the funding need for well-trained school resource officers who can be a critical link to awareness and prevention of threats in our schools.
Sheriff Mascher noted it was important that protocols are in place so any threat report will be communicated or shared with law enforcement, school officials and other partners in the criminal justice system immediately as part of a threat assessment.
Lastly, resources for parents and families dealing with mental health issues was another item on the table. Many times family members experience mental health related behavior, sometimes after an arrest and prosecution, and are offered very limited options for treatment with no long term intervention.
As part of the local effort in Yavapai County, Sheriff Mascher has been working with Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter to co-host two important ‘listening sessions” in April on the topic of school safety and information sharing.  
Sheriff Mascher and Superintendent Carter will be hosting two “Listening Sessions on School Safety” to hear from three distinct groups:  representatives from every Yavapai County school campus; all Yavapai County first response agencies; and all who are directly involved in school safety planning and prevention.  The questions that all attendees will be asked are: “what are your greatest concerns about school safety?” and “how do you propose to resolve the issue?”.  
Notes will be taken to provide a county wide list of concerns. That data will allow future meetings to focus on potential resolutions to those identified concerns. The meeting are not intended for public participation, but students, parents, the business community, and individual community members may provide feedback to their respective school.
The dates and times of the listening sessions are:

  • April 6, 2018—9am—12pm, in Cottonwood—1 North Willard Street Cottonwood
  • April 13, 2018—1pm—4pm, Prescott – Yavapai County Education Service Agency, 2970 Centerpointe E Drive, Prescott