FARMINGTON — San Juan County's sheriff is hosting the first-ever "Breakfast with the Sheriff" Thursday morning.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stingray's at SunRay Park and Casino.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said he plans to make the breakfast an annual event. The theme of the breakfast this year is "Building a Stronger San Juan County."

Christesen said he will present an annual sheriff's office report and take questions from the public.

Christesen said the report will show that crime, car crashes, drunken driving arrests and overall reports filed were down in unincorporated San Juan County in 2013.

"Those don't happen by accident," Christesen said of the drop in numbers. "And we're going to talk about what we do and how we are going to continue doing it."

Christesen said he will also talk about the savings the office is showing from using Sheriff's Office volunteers and reserve deputies.

He said Sheriff's Office volunteers have saved taxpayers about $438,000 by providing uncompensated work.

The event is free. Christesen is asking people who attend to make a $30 donation to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office Foundation. Christesen said the foundation assists the Sheriff's Office volunteers.

Office volunteers who do administrative work, examine cold cases, monitor court cases, serve on neighborhood watch programs and work on other operations.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.