ARIZONA SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO
Joe Arpaio has been the elected sheriff of Maricopa County for more than 22 years, the longest-serving sheriff in the county's history.
Nov 2016 update | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
lot has changed since we covered the man described as the "toughest sheriff in the country" back
in 2009. He has gotten older and American values have gotten softer. Arizona voters love him but with
a porous southern border, a flood of mid-east immigrants, illegal voting, and soaring crime rates, Sheriff Joe’s 2016 election may be difficult.
He won the 2016 primary against strong competition but now
faces the general election. Populations in Phoenix and other large AZ cities have
changed. There are a lot more immigrants and many of them will vote
(legally or not) against the man who for decades has stood against illegal immigration. Residents overwhelmingly support him but
if law-breakers can sway the outcome, Sheriff Joe will find this year's election his hardest battle for justice.
Born in 1932, this 82-year old lawman faces difficult
challenges. Most U.S. citizens share his values but with drug gangs running huge operations on both sides of the
border and the press giving Mid-East immigrants a pass, it seemed like a good time to
check in with the Sheriff.
TheDogPress.com has been covering Sheriff Arpaio since March of 2009.
In August 2010 we were flattered to discover that Snopes extensively quoted our
reportage on Joe Arpaio. Okay, so it was only because a reader refuted our support for the Sheriff.
In June of 2014 Newsmax quoted Arpaio as saying the Obama administration is "dumping" migrant children at bus stops in his state to ease crowding
at detention facilities in Texas." More governors and
law enforcement leaders are contemplating similar actions as
everyone struggles to be humane to their own constituents. Donald
Trump, like him or not, points out that we need to look out for Americans first,
then we will take care of illegal immigrants.
Sheriff Arpaio has his
detractors but Arizona voters love him and dog owners want to “sic em” on
Animal Rights Activists. Arpaio runs a humane and caring animal shelter
but "heartlessly deports illegal aliens" and few criminals want to be repeat
offenders in his county.
Yes, it's true, he once housed stray dogs in the
air-conditioned county jail cells until he could raise enough funds to build a better shelter. “The sheriff wears his heart on his sleeve as openly as the badge on his chest. He created an investigative division focused solely on cases of animal abuse and
neglect. He's supported ballot initiatives aimed at improving animal welfare.” – AZ Central
Maricopa County was spending $18 million dollars
a year on rounding up, housing and/or destroying stray cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to
take over the department and the County Supervisors said
okay. Arpaio took the 30 year old First Avenue jail that was no
longer used for inmates and outfitted it for dogs.
Sure, his critics opened fire, charging him with keeping
inmates in tents and dogs in air-conditioned comfort. He
just shrugged it off, staffed the animal shelter with model prisoners
who looked forward to feeding and caring for the saved strays. One
subscriber who lives there said "Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner
from Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and
even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78."
Today Sheriff Joe has prisoners who are trained in animal nutrition,
care, and behavior and they give classes for anyone who'd like to
adopt an animal. Sheriff Arpaio pays prisoners out of
adoption fees collected by the animal shelter. He's made many changes, among them quickly dropping an $18 million dollar Sheriff's department
budget to under $3 million most of which is for utilities, vehicles, and building maintenance.
The rest of the country should take a look at the way
he runs the jail system. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years
ago, where inmates can grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing
all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm,
which provides meat, and fertilizer. It also fertilizes the Christmas tree
nursery where prisoners also work, and the sheriff said
"you can buy a living Christmas tree for $8 and plant it later. We have six
trees in our yard from the Prison."
You may remember him as the sheriff who painted the jail cells pink, invented Tent City and made the
inmates wear pink prison garb. We interviewed him in 2010. In spite of what some people
may think, Arpaio seeks no publicity and certainly, no self-promotion.
We were not surprised to learn that, like the fence-mending cowboy of the old west, he doesn’t call a
committee when something needs fixin’. Sheriff Joe
uses common sense, whatever tools are at hand, fixes the problem and moves on.
Here's an idea. Find and elect a “Sheriff Joe” to your
state’s House and Senate. Then quickly, before it’s too late,
send him to Washington to apply a little common sense to the federal
There's a reason Arpaio has been reelected (with an
average of 83% of the vote) as Maricopa Arizona Sheriff
for over two decades. Actually,
there might be a whole pile of reasons:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio created “Tent City Jail,” got jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and
porno magazines in the jails, cut off all but 'G' movies, and took away their weight
machines. Instead, he started chain gangs so the inmates could work
on county and city projects.
Then he started Chain Gangs For Women so he wouldn't get sued for
He took away cable TV until he found out there was A
Federal Court Order that required cable TV for jails so
he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the
Disney Channel and The Weather Channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied “So they
will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working
on my chain gangs.”
He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
When the inmates complained, he told them, “This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton......If you don't like it, don't come
back.” Joe Arpaio makes his prisoners eat bologna sandwiches. He is not sympathetic to
complaints. He tells inmates: “It's 120 Degrees in Iraq and our Soldiers are living in tents too. And they have to wear full battle gear. But they
didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.”
A few years ago the sheriff got in trouble with the ACLU
- again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that had a special
hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call
and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so
he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing
immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4
new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff.
In 2009, Sheriff Joe was investigated for alleged
discrimination by the new Obama administration's Justice Department. It seems he arrests illegal immigrants
and deports them or turns them over to ICE. We discovered that Phoenix has the highest kidnapping rate of any
U.S. city and Mexican police risk their lives along with our Border Patrol. The
new Mexican President has been forced to call in
federal troops to deal with gun battles in the streets. So, for protecting
his citizens, Joe Arpaio is investigated by President Obama's Chicago buddy, Eric Holder, who runs the U.S. Dept. Of
Justice? How "just" is that? If it weren't an ironic truth, it would be a joke.
Then our government launched yet another investigation which
will tie the Sheriff and his staff up in paperwork and
prevent him from doing the job Arizona citizens depend
on him to do. The DOJ can't ignore complaints but on
the other hand, it should be too busy dishing out JUSTICE
to criminals to have time to harass U.S. Peace Officers.
By mid-2014, kidnappings, murders, drug dealing, and illegal
immigration numbers had broken all records for this great nation. Maricopa County
residents and Sheriff Joe are literally under attack by drug cartels and the Federal
Government! But he's not the only one. Arizona's Governor was sued by the Obama administration for enforcing the
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