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La Paz County Sheriff’s Mission Statement

The mission of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office is to maximize the quality of life to the citizens of the county we serve. To uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime; to address the problems of the county we serve; to pursue and bring to justice those who violate the law; to keep the peace of the county; to protect, help and reassure all people of La Paz County and to do this with integrity, common sense and sound judgment.

We will be compassionate, courteous and patient. We will act without showing fear or prejudice to the rights of others. We will be professional, calm and restrained in the face of fear, danger and/or irrational behavior.

We will strive to reduce the fears of the public and, in so far as we can, reflect its priorities in the actions we take. We will change and mold our office as necessary to maximize our service in meeting the needs of a growing county.


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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received news on Wednesday, April 17th that Sergeant Ryland Croutch passed away. On behalf of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, our deepest condolences to Ryland’s family and friends. May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

Ryland started his career with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office on August 28, 1995 as a Detention Officer where he quickly proved himself to be a dedicated, loyal and resourceful officer and was best known for keeping other’s spirits up as he continually displayed a positive attitude.

On September 20, 1997, Ryland was promoted to Deputy Sheriff and transitioned to the Patrol Bureau where he dedicated himself to making a difference in his community and for the citizens of Yuma County. Ryland’s list of achievements is long and impressive, starting with his assignment to the Community Oriented Policing Unit in December 1997, which involved a strategy of policing that focused on building ties and working closely with members of the community. Ryland received his certification as a Bike Patrol officer in March 1998. As a member of the Bike Patrol Unit, he enjoyed spending time in neighborhoods speaking with area residents about their concerns. He felt that it helped him keep his finger on the pulse of our community so that he could better serve the citizens of Yuma County.

Another one of Ryland’s notable achievements was the creation of the Domestic Violence Program in July 1999, along with his partner, Deputy Jeff Philpot. The purpose of the DV Program was to fashion a “coordinated community response” to domestic violence and included training for all YCSO deputies. This program also lead to the formation of the Domestic Violence Response Unit in order to take an aggressive approach to stopping domestic violence. In recognition for their outstanding work, Ryland and his partner were nominated for the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Innovations in Justice Award for the Domestic Violence Response Unit.

Ryland served as the Domestic Violence Coordinator until his promotion to Senior Deputy on January 19, 2003. He transferred to the Foothills squad, bringing a wealth of information and varied experiences to the busiest squad. He became the Community Awareness Officer, which involved talking to community groups about various topics such as crime prevention, workplace violence, scams, and fraudulent schemes to name a few.

Ryland was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant on February 2, 2004 and took over as the Foothills Supervisor. He continued to stay active with conducting presentations to the community and local businesses. He also maintained an active role with Amberly’s Place and the Elder Abuse Task Force. Ryland was an excellent speaker which was evidenced by the numerous accolades he received from the community and students. He was regularly commended for his superior academic acumen, and he was considered a true professional in his field.

In August 2009, Ryland became the Volunteer Coordinator and took over the supervision of the YCSO volunteer units. He continued to stay active in the community in his new role, assisting with many community events such as the Silver Spur Rodeo, Yuma Lettuce Days, Midnight at the Oasis, MCAS Airshow, Yuma County Fair, Annual Gathering of the Badges, Relay for Life Walk-a-Thon, Yuma Territorial Prison Run, Annual Grad Night, Josefina Yepez Cancer Walk-a-Thon, Ken & Betty Borland Holiday Pageant & Tower Light, Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, and the Annual Foothills Light Parade to name a few. He was involved in many areas of law enforcement to include outlaw motorcycle gang investigations, and served as the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, Are You Ok? Program coordinator, Terrorism Liaison Officer, and Border Crimes Unit Supervisor.

Ryland’s hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. Over the years, he received many awards which included Detention Staff Member of the Quarter, April-June 1996; Meritorious Service Award-1999, 2001 & 2005; Deputy of the Quarter, January-March 2000; Deputy of the Year-2000; Special Merit Award-2007; Outstanding Achievement Award-2010; and Patrol Supervisor of the Quarter, July-September 2016. He was also the recipient of the Agitator of the Year Award in 1999 & 2006 for “stirring the pot” and “agitating” for positive change.

Ryland transitioned back to Patrol in July 2018 where he continued to epitomize our motto of “Dedicated to Service.” He served his community with honor until the end and it was truly an honor and a privilege knowing him and working with him.

Ryland was a beloved father, grandfather, son, mentor, and friend, and his untimely passing is a great blow to all of us. His loss will be felt deeply throughout the community that he so loved and dedicated his life to. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.

Ryland is 10-97 (on scene) at his final assignment in heaven and will be 10-7 (out of service) forever. Ryland, you will be missed by all. Rest easy friend; you have served our community well. We will take it from here.

Please join us in honoring Sgt. Croutch by affixing badge shrouds to honor his service and to respect his memory.

We will advise further when information concerning the family’s wishes are determined and services are arranged.

EOW: April 17, 2019
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Thank you for your service, you will be richly rewarded in heaven, Sir. Prayers for family and friends.

Thank you for your service......R.I.P.

R.I.P🙏🙏🙏😢💔

Rip

R.I.P Officer Croutch Thank You For Your Service

God bless his soul and family

Rest in peace Sir

Thank you sir Rip

RIP OFFICER CROUTCH thank you do very very much for all of your service

Rip

RIP

Do you think Law Enforcement is for men only? These three La Paz County Sheriff’s Office employees would disagree. We’re very proud of the fact that we have hard working, intelligent women working in Patrol, Detention, Dispatch and support services/administration.

Pictured below, from left to right;

Detention Officer Amber Mclean puts her life on the line on a daily basis working shoulder to shoulder with inmates in what was once considered a “man’s world“ and is able to hold her own using her mind, training and the tools provided. She just recently graduated from the Detention Academy and is already a huge asset to our agency.

Center, is Dispatch Supervisor Maribel Villafana. Maribel worked her way up the ranks in Dispatch and has proven herself as an outstanding leader. She has provided guidance to misguided people, talked people through desperate medical situations, and has stood tall during critical emergencies.

On the right is Deputy Danielle Banuelos, and her K9 partner “Limit”. Danielle started working with the Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Assistant in our front lobby. She then transferred to the Detention Facility where she excelled and later transferred again to Patrol. She is currently a K-9 handler, an on-call phlebotomist and a member of our Special Response Tactical Team. She is also a great example of a person who can handle any situation both physically and mentally.

There are some people who still consider Law Enforcement a male dominated career. Deputy Banuelos, Officer Mclean and Dispatch Supervisor Villafana would beg to differ.

We have a number of great employees that do amazing things on a daily basis. We are proud of our staff and the sacrifices everyone makes on a daily basis. When you see a Deputy, Detention Officer, Dispatcher, or one of our support personnel, please take the time to say hello and tell them thank you for their service.
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Do you think Law Enforcement is for men only? These three La Paz County Sheriff’s Office employees would disagree.  We’re very proud of the fact that we have hard working, intelligent women working in Patrol, Detention, Dispatch and support services/administration.Pictured below, from left to right;Detention Officer Amber Mclean puts her life on the line on a daily basis working shoulder to shoulder with inmates in what was once considered a “man’s world“ and is able to hold her own using her mind, training and the tools provided.  She just recently graduated from the Detention Academy and is already a huge asset to our agency.Center, is Dispatch Supervisor Maribel Villafana.  Maribel worked her way up the ranks in Dispatch and has proven herself as an outstanding leader.  She has provided guidance to misguided people, talked people through desperate medical situations, and has stood tall during critical emergencies.On the right is Deputy Danielle Banuelos, and her K9 partner “Limit”.  Danielle started working with the Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Assistant in our front lobby.  She then transferred to the Detention Facility where she excelled and later transferred again to Patrol.  She is currently a K-9 handler, an on-call phlebotomist and a member of our Special Response Tactical Team.  She is also a great example of a person who can handle any situation both physically and mentally.There are some people who still consider Law Enforcement a male dominated career.  Deputy Banuelos, Officer Mclean and Dispatch Supervisor Villafana would beg to differ.We have a number of great employees that do amazing things on a daily basis.  We are proud of our staff and the sacrifices everyone makes on a daily basis.  When you see a Deputy, Detention Officer, Dispatcher,  or one of our support personnel, please take the time to say hello and tell them thank you for their service.

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Awesome ladies👍🤚❤ Thank you for your service. Great job girls👍

I love this write up way to recognize these amazing ladies and all their hard work and dedication!!! Thanks ladies and thank you to ya all out there protecting and serving us!!

Congrats ladies, you make us ladies proud. Good bless you and keep you safe!

Thank you very very much ladies and "Limit", for your service in La Paz County. You all help, to keep our county SAFE! 🙂🙂🙂

Awesome job ladies 👍🌸

Awesome deputies thank you for your service!!

Thank You All. PLEASE STAY SAFE! 🇺🇸💙💚💛💚💙🇺🇸 ALWAYS BESIDE YOU!

Great job, ladies. You rock!

Ladies are AWESOME! Keep up the great work. 💛💙👍🤗

Wonderful work ladies

Thank you for your service ladies.👍🏽💐

Awesomeness to these beautiful ladies ❤️ go girl power!

Nice job ladies make us proud !! 💙👍😎

Thank you for your service! Deputy Banuelos, I have paw protectors for Limit.

Why do these two look so familiar to me? Good job ladies!!! You chose great career paths.

Great job ladies, very proud of you!!!

GREAT JOB LADY'S 👏

Thank you

Aww, such amazing woman. 💜✝️

WTG ladies!!!

TY for your service Ladies. 💐💐💐

Great job Lady’s👏👏👏

Thank You for your Service

I ALWAYS thank them when I see them. They protect us on a daily basis just like the men do. It is NOT an all male service. We have alot of female officers and they do the same as a man. I thank God for ALL of these teams. Bless u all.

Happy dispatchers week to your dispatchers! 💛💛💛

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