Apache County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Joseph Dedman Jr.
The Apache County Cooperative Enforcement Narcotics Team
(A.C.C.E.N.T.) was formed in May of 1988. It is funded by Edward Byrnes Memorial Grant funds. The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission distributes these funds to task forces throughout the state. A.C.C.E.N.T. is a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency task force operating under a board of directors. It consists of local officers working closely with a full time drug case prosecutor to identify, arrest and prosecute drug traffickers and seize drugs and forfeitable assets.
The primary objective of the task force is to provide a coordinated drug, gang and violent crime investigation and prosecution effort in Apache County to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.
ACCENT enforces state laws with primary responsibility in the areas of drugs, gangs and violent crimes. Operational and technical assistance is provided to local and state governmental agencies and other components of the criminal justice system. ACCENT also promotes and enhances the quality of public safety through cooperative enforcement, intelligence gathering, training employees of law enforcement agencies and increasing Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as other federal, tribal, state and local agencies in accomplishing these goals.
This ongoing mission is accomplished and maintained by consistently demanding the highest degree of integrity and professionalism from all its employees.
The task force regularly assists local law enforcement agencies with child molestations, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, homicides, burglaries and other felony crimes committed in Apache County.