The Gila County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is located in Globe, Arizona. This agency provides municipal law-enforcement services for all of Gila County, and it oversees the county jail system. The GCSO maintains an additional law-enforcement patrol, communications, and detention center in Payson, Arizona.
Functions of the sheriff’s office include criminal justice administration, arrests and detention, and narcotics investigation. The office has an administrative bureau for civil and public safety communications, a patrol bureau for criminal investigation and squad duties, and a jail bureau for inmate management. Additionally, volunteers can participate in sheriff organizations like the Civilian Observer Program or the Emergency Diving Team. The current sheriff is J. Adam Shepherd, a veteran police officer boasting nearly 40 years of Gila residency.
In addition, the sheriff’s office provides extensive law-enforcement resources for rural areas. A considerable portion of Gila County still consists of rural, unincorporated communities. The GCSO has police authority in these unincorporated areas. Given the historical significance of the Gila region, the GCSO also plays an important role in maintaining law-enforcement records and making this documentation available to the public (excluding confidential or sealed files).
You can reach the sheriff’s office using the following information:
Sheriff’s Office Address
1100 South St
City and Town Police Departments
The sheriff’s office is the principle law-enforcement headquarters of this county. However, the county has several other visitors’ service centers and sub-stations to meet the needs of the Gila community. The county officially announced the operation of its substations on April 18, 2016. Visitors and residence contact these offices for information or non-emergency assistance.
Main Visitor Services and Public Information Center – GCSO
1100 South St
Globe, AZ 85501
Visitor Services and Public Information Center – Payson Sub-Station
108 West Main Street
Payson AZ 85541
Visitor Services and Public Information Center – Roosevelt Sub-Station
28449 N Highway 188
Roosevelt, AZ 85545
Visitor Services and Public Information Center – Young Sub-Station
46777 N Highway 288
Young, AZ 85554
In addition to the sheriff’s office and sub-stations, several of Gila’s cities and towns operate local police departments. For example, Payson is over twice the size of Globe (population-wise). Its police jurisdiction spans an area of approximately 25 miles and provides dispatch, patrolling, and administrative services for the population. The current chief of police is Donald B. Engler. Similarly, the town of Miami has its own police station with 24-hour, walk-in services available seven days a week. It is important to note that most census-designated places (such as Pine and Strawberry) or newly incorporated towns (such as Star Valley) rely on the county sheriff for police services.
Gila County Jail
The Gila County jail is located in the county seat of Globe, Arizona. This facility has been in use since 1981. As a modern facility, the jail hosts a visitation lobby window as well as a commissary for humane treatment of inmates. In addition, the county oversees a second jail facility in Payson.
You can contact jail administrators in-person using the following details:
County Jail Address
1100 E South St
Globe, AZ 85501
Old Gila County Jail
The Old Gila County jail remains a popular tourist attraction. As a relic of the Old West, the building and cells retain much of the original design. The jail has a vivid history.
Originally built to house a total of 35 inmates, the jail featured a total of three floors. It included a single bathroom, concrete walls, and beds with steel webbing. As the inmate population grew, the jail’s trustees divided prisoners into 28-person clusters known as “tanks.” Each tank consisted of seven cells with four steel bunks. Furthermore, each tank only had two bunks reserved for “special cases” (such as juveniles, females, or elderly inmates).
Well-behaved inmates could live on a third floor that contained a large open space for free movement and offered army cots for bedding. Over the course of its tenure, jail officials partnered with local restaurants to feed the inmates twice a day. Although the jail became dated within a few decades, most Gila residents considered the jail to be state-of-the-art by “Wild West” standards.
The jail remained in official use until the 1970s, during which investigative journalists revealed the atrocious living conditions of the facility. These reports precipitated a public campaign to construct the new facility that opened in 1981. The Old Jail fell into disrepair until the city revived it as a cultural landmark in the 1990s. Visitors can tour cells with original bars and levers that function much like they did a century ago.
Distance and General Directions From County Seat to Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is approximately 87 miles from the county seat of Gila County. Traveling from Globe, Arizona to Phoenix by car takes about 1.5 hours. One of the most common ways to reach Phoenix is to take U.S. Route 60.
Directions From Downtown Globe to Downtown Phoenix, Arizona
• 1. Drive northeast from West Cottonwood Street toward South Broad Street.
• 2. Turn left onto South Broad Street.
• 3. Turn left at the second cross-street onto West Oak Street (less than 0.1 mile).
• 4. Turn right onto West Ash Street.
• 5. Continue directly onto U.S. Route 60. In Globe, this is synonymous with North Broad Street, Willow Street, or US-60 West. You will pass Wells Fargo Bank at the 2.2-mile mark.
• 6. Remain on US-60 W for 77.7 miles.
• 7. Merge onto Interstate 10 (I-10 W).
• 8. Keep right on the interstate fork in order to continue onto I-18 N (US-60 W).
• 9. Continue and follow signs for Flagstaff, AZ in order to remain on I-10.
• 10. To reach Phoenix, take exit 195B toward Central Avenue and 7th Street.
• 11.Follow the sign that directs you toward South 7th Street, East Lincoln Street, and South Central Avenue (toward Washington Street).
• 12. Continue on toward W. Maricopa Freeway, then turn right onto S. 7th Street. As a landmark, you should pass Enterprise Rent-A-Car on the right.
• 13. In about a mile, turn left onto E. Lincoln Street.
• 14. Turn right onto S. Central Avenue, and then left onto Washington Street to reach downtown Phoenix.