JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 147

Sheriff Mascher Responds to Release of Prescott Police Report

20 February 2013  
The police report alleges assault by off-duty law enforcement officers

Sheriff Mascher learned this afternoon that a court has ordered release of the unredacted report by the Prescott Police Department documenting an assault occurring December 22, 2012, in Prescott. Members of a law enforcement only motorcycle club were present and involved in the assault according to the report. The investigation began when a Glendale, Arizona, man claimed he was assaulted by members of this club who he later learned were off-duty law enforcement officers.

As of this writing, the Sheriff is waiting to get a copy of the report to review which has already been released to the media.

Following an initial investigation by Prescott Police Officers, the case was turned over to the Department of Public Safety by then Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel the following day. The Sheriff received an initial briefing by DPS investigators who told him that no YCSO employee was involved in the assault itself. The Sheriff has since been waiting for the final report from DPS to determine what administrative action will be necessary based on conclusions by DPS officials.

In the meantime, Sheriff Mascher had asked the Coconino County Sheriff's Office to conduct an administrative investigation on his behalf regarding any employee involvement in the incident. This report from the Prescott Police Department will be some of the first documents the Coconino County Sheriff's Office receives as it begins a review.

The report from the Prescott Police Department is only a portion of the larger and very comprehensive investigation being conducted by DPS. As such, the Sheriff is waiting for this final report to fully understand the incident details related to his employees. This final report also becomes part of the administrative investigation.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO