Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Plans to put Armed Posse Members at Schools


Just another reason why we love Sheriff Joe Arpaio …

In the wake of the Sandy Hill Elementary School mass murder shooting in Newtown, CT, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to put armed volunteer posse members near schools. The volunteer posse will not be in the schools, but will instead patrol around the perimeters. Instead of politicizing the actions of a mad man in Connecticut and the death of 26 individuals at the Newtown school  Arpaio is more interested in protecting the children. ,  When asked what he thought the reaction would be to his plan, Sheriff Joe stated, ”It doesn’t matter what the reaction is. My main objective is to protect the public and do what we can to detour any of the massacres that have been happening around the country.”

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to start putting armed members of his volunteer posse near schools in the wake of the mass shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Arpaio doesn’t plan to put posse members inside schools but will have them posted around the perimeters.

“Why not utilize the posse into patrolling schools in our areas?” Arpaio asks.

With what he thinks is no reason not to, he’ll start this new idea within the next week.

The specific schools are not yet known but volunteers will be spread throughout Arpaio’s jurisdiction and he has identified certain areas.

The posse members are qualified for the job, according to Arpaio.

“Our posses are well trained with over 100 hours of how to use weapons [and] they have authority under the elected sheriff,” Arpaio said. “I feel they’ll be a great asset to schools around our area.”

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Plans to put Armed Posse Members at Schools”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on December 30th, 2012 10:43 am

      This is a good move by sheriff Joe. It is a beginning.

      Next he needs to research the proceedures in use by the various schools and make changes to both proceedures and buildings.

      A single sheriff’s deputy will not stop a demented evil person every time, but it will make these people pick other targets.

    2. dennisintn on December 30th, 2012 3:31 pm

      a voice of reason. followed by another voice of reason (tg). may many more follow before the xxxx in the white house tries to make us forget how badly he’s destroyed the economy.

    3. NGBoston on January 2nd, 2013 5:08 am

      Really, Joe? So now our schools do need to become fortresses?

      I guess I’m pretty unfamiliar then with how bad crime is in Arizona.

      There have long been armed Officers at just about every Senior High School in the State of Mass- but now we need to have our taxes raised and deploy Officers at every School? Not so sure about that.

      How about bullet-proof glass though and tightened Security by other means?

      I love Arpaio and agree with so much of what he stands for, but my question is—is this really necessary?

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