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The Apache County Sheriff's Posse

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the Apache County Sheriff's Posse!

The Apache County Sheriff's Posse was formed approximately 35 years ago by the then Sheriff to help with searches for persons lost or missing in Apache County. The Posse is composed of citizen volunteers specially trained or skilled in the area of Search & Rescue Operations. Since it's inception, the Posse has assisted in the rescue of skiers, hikers, boaters and others whose circumstances have become dire.

Apache County Sheriff's Posse EquipmentServing at the pleasure of the Apache County Sheriff, the Posse is on-call for assistance at elevations ranging from 5,000 to 10,000+ feet in all kinds of weather. Personnel are trained in Search and Rescue Techniques and certified for the variety of searches that may occur. Volunteers provide their own horses, equipment and transportation. The Posse is strictly a non-profit organization. Member's expertise include Search & Rescue via horseback, foot, scuba diving, tracking, and skiing.

Apache County Sheriff's PosseCommitted to the citizens of Apache County, Posse members participate in fund-raising activities throughout the year. The Posse's major focus is the Annual Round Valley Rodeo. The proceeds of this GPCRA sanctioned event are utilized to acquire, maintain or modernize equipment, provide training or fund community projects, as well as fund Rodeo expenses for the following year's event. As an example, the Posse was able to purchase a snowcat and boat that is utilized in search or rescue efforts when required. Additionally, the Posse donates (2) educational scholarships each year to students whose academic levels meet the criteria for the award. One scholarship is provided to a Round Valley student and the other to a St. Johns student. Posse supports or assists in funding local 4-H clubs and other organizations that may apply for assistance!

The Apache County Sheriff's Posse sponsors the traditional Annual Round Valley Rodeo, The Rodeo began in 1912 and has been a continuous event in the area since. Its original location was by the mill in Eagar, Arizona. Wagons were used for fences until a new location was found in 1942 which was known as the "Rock Pile." The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints originally sanctioned the Rodeo, however in 1960 the project was adopted by the Apache County Sheriff's Posse.

The Apache County Sheriff's Posse currently has 42 volunteer members. Member teams are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Presently, the Captain of the Posse is Tuffy Slade who has been a member since 1956. The Posse is structured in an para-military style to insure accountability and order while assisting the Apache County Sheriff when called upon. Qualifications for membership include:

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Thank you for visiting our Home Page! If you would be interested in becoming a member of the Apache County Sheriff's Posse or in donating funds toward any of our projects, please feel free to contact us at the following address:

Apache County Sheriff's Posse
P.O. Box 1168
Springerville, Arizona 85938