If you live in Arizona and want to be a member of this new posse, I have included some information below so you can contact this sheriff office and join. I have no idea if they will take folks from out of state, or even out of country, and you will have to ask them.

     The key part to this that I really like, is the fact that it is armed and legally backed up by this department.  I think this is a much needed move given the current state of things along the border. Check it out and if anyone has anything else to add, feel free to do so in the comments section. –Matt

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Sheriff Plans to Build Armed Posse to Fight Illegal Immigration

15 Sep 2010

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’s still planning to build an armed volunteer posse to fight illegal immigration.

Currently, unarmed volunteers help Arpaio with his immigration sweeps and crackdowns.

But soon, Arpaio plans to build a volunteer posse that will be armed with weapons and gear.

Their main job will be to enforce immigration and smuggling laws.

Online:

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Posse Program 602-876-1778

www.mcso.org

Link to story here.

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MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES STILL

GOING AFTER HUMAN SMUGGLERS

 September 15, 2010

Sheriff Arpaio in planning stages for armed volunteer posse Illegal Immigration Enforcement Unit

 (Maricopa County, AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio reports that his deputies last night arrested

another 23 illegal aliens in the act of being smuggled through Maricopa County. Last

night’s arrest brings the week’s total to 35 illegal aliens arrested while engaging in

human smuggling.

The arrests were the result of two traffic stops in the north valley involving two

separate vehicles. One vehicle contained 13 occupants and the other 12. During one of

the traffic stops, two suspects fled on foot into the desert.

Sheriff Arpaio says, “Even though the media hype surrounding SB 1070 has worn off

for now, illegal aliens continue to sneak into the United States through Maricopa

County and my deputies continue to pursue them as they have for the past three

years.”

The Sheriff will soon implement his plan to commission a volunteer armed posse

force outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear to assist in the enforcement of

illegal immigration and human smuggling laws.

Sheriff Arpaio has vowed to continue his enforcement of state and federal

immigration laws despite recent political and media attention surrounding the issue.

During the course of their duties, Maricopa County Sheriff’s officers have been

responsible for investigating, arresting and/or identifying over 40,000 illegal aliens.

Link to Maricopa County Sherriff’s Posse here.