Saturday, May 29, 2010

Honoring Maricopa Deputies

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Occasionally I have used this forum to speak critically of Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Thankfully, I have never had the occasion to meet Sheriff Joe in person, but he is a constant presence in the local news, so most of us desert rats feel a certain amount of acquaintance with the man and his self-promoted reputation as "the toughest sheriff in America."

My critical remarks regarding Sheriff Joe have not been related to his policing abilities. Indeed, I do not honestly know if the man even has any policing abilities. My observations have been focused on his political shenanigans and administrative shortcomings.

Today I was involved in a traffic accident (not my fault) which resulted in myself and the other motorist - a very nice fellow - spending a large chunk of the afternoon visiting with a total of three Maricopa County deputies. All of these young men were extremely professional, and, more importantly, very courteous. I could not have been more pleased with the way they handled the unpleasant incident. There was some question as to whether my car would be able to make it the mile or so to my home, and two of the deputies followed me to my house to insure that I got there safely.

I know that all of these young people in county uniforms must take a lot of guff regarding their boss (both pro and con), but none of Joe's personal or political drama should be allowed to take away from the good job his deputies do. These guys were johnny-on-the-spot and did the job well! They have my respect!


molly. said...

Supposedly it isn't difficult to contact Sheriff Joe. Radio stations call him up all the time.. or at least they did when I lived there. I had a criminal justice teacher at Phoenix College who used to be a cop. She walked us through a lot of the jails & prisons there. The inmates (that we talked to) acted like they had a lot of respect for the guy. It was peculiar.

molly. said...

What's going to happen with your car?