A new Pima County substation will be open this summer at the fairgrounds. This is a dream come true for Sheriff Chris Nanos who has always been passionate about the need for a substation in Vail. Vail has experienced substantial grown during the last several years. For example, between 2015-2019 Vail received about 7,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year. Compare this with Green Valley which received 6800 calls each year, and Tucson Mountain which received 7200 calls per year. It’s easy to see why this was a priority for Sheriff Nanos.

The rural patrol will handle calls from the Vail area. By July, the substation will house a lieutenant, a sergeant and ten deputies. Office hours are 6 am to 10 pm, 5 days a week. Eventually it will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Until then, the midnight shift and/or one or two days will be covered by the Rincon substation.

The substation will be housed in the Old West building (pictured here). Offices will be set up in the next two weeks with additional plumbing and other infrastructure work completed by July. The project will cost about $100,000.

The service area for this substation will be I-10 east to Cochise County and Happy Valley/Mescal; south down to 83 and Gardener Canyon; then back toward Wilmot off of Sahuarita Rd; and finally ending in the San Pedro River Valley Reddington Pass. The officers have additional UTV off road vehicle training, basic first aid and certificates for search and rescue. They also will handle ranch calls.

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