Sheriff Arpaio establishing armed citizen posse for schools

“Sheriff’s posse” isn’t a term we hear often these days, except in Western movies, at county fairs and parades. But don’t tell Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that. He’s busy deputizing a posse to help prevent crime in his bailiwick.

Ever since the tragic massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, it seems that everyone has been voicing their opinion as to how to best avoid a similar occurrence. But while everyone else was talking, Sheriff Arpaio was doing.

His solution was to deputize an armed volunteer posse to watch the schools of Maricopa County and act as a deterrent to would-be bad guys.

“I have the authority to mobilize private citizens and fight crime in this county,” Arpaio said.

This isn’t a new idea for Arpaio. Using posses at area schools is simply an extension of an old idea for him. He been using posses since 1993 in shopping malls, especially during the holiday season, to great success..

“We’re not talking about placing the posse in the schools right now but in the outlying — the perimeters of the school — to detect any criminal activity.”


The following is a Phoenix KASW TV3 News report.


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