Sheriff Arpaio's PIO Paul Chagolla has issued a response to Clint Bolick's accusations that the Sheriff's Office is neglecting warrants in its efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. I suspect that even if ALL the warrants are rounded up, they will just find something else to complain about that the Sheriff's Office must be neglecting, because their beef isn't with warrants, but with enforcing illegal immigration laws. At least Clint isn't as biased as some of Arpaio's critics.
Here are some excerpts -
In the last two years, Maricopa County sheriff's deputies served over 30,000 warrants, of which more than 17,000 were felony warrants.
When the vast majority of warrants belong to Valley police departments and result from their investigations, which do not involve the Sheriff's Office, and when only about 1,500 felony warrants in the repository belong to the Sheriff's Office, it is clear that deputies are busy serving more than our share of warrants.
It is also clear that our deputies and officers are busy helping other agencies serve warrants. Sheriff Joe Arpaio orders regular warrant roundups and enlists citizens' help via the Techno Cop Web-based warrants program. Additionally, he provides manpower, equipment and intelligence assistance to local, state and federal law-enforcement warrant operations.
Former Gov. Janet Napolitano, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and other elected officials began using this topic in attempts to direct the sheriff away from arresting illegal immigrants who violate the law.
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