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  Arpaio, Joseph M. "Joe"
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NameJoseph M. "Joe" Arpaio
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Phoenix, Arizona , United States
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Born June 14, 1932
Died Still Living (83 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedHomegrown Democrat
Oct 07, 2011 02:23am
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InfoYou probably know him as "America's Toughest Sheriff", a name given to him by the media years ago. It's a name he certainly has earned as the head of the nation's fourth largest Sheriff's Office. But even before he became Sheriff in 1993, Joe Arpaio was one tough law man.
After serving in the Army for three years from 1950 to 1953, Arpaio went on to build a federal law enforcement career and a reputation for fighting drug trafficking around the world.

From the United States to Mexico to Turkey to the Middle East to Central and South America, Arpaio was an expert in undercover work establishing a stellar record of infiltrating drug organizations and arresting drug offenders.

His expertise led him to management positions with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the United States and around the world. He concluded his remarkable career as head of the DEA for Arizona.

In 1992, building on his expertise as a former police officer in Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, and as a top federal law enforcement official, Arpaio successfully campaigned to become the Sheriff of Maricopa County.

He won the election in 1992. Four years later, in 1996, after his policies had earned him unprecedented praise and an 85% public approval rating, no one even ran against him when he sought a second term as Sheriff.

After 42 years of law enforcement experience, Arpaio's strength is in his ability to know what the public wants. "As Sheriff, I serve the public. The public is my boss", are statements often made by Sheriff Arpaio.

And in serving the public, Arpaio has done many unique things as Sheriff.

On August 3, 1993, he started the nation's largest Tent City for convicted inmates. Over 2000 convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound. It is a remarkable success story and has garnered the attention of government officials and media worldwide.

The same is true for his chain gangs which work six days a week contributing thousands of dollars of free labor to the community. The male chain gang and the world's first ever female chain gang clean streets, paint over graffiti, and bury the indigent in the county cemetery.

Equally impressive are the Sheriff's get tough policies. Arpaio doesn't believe in coddling criminals, frequently saying that jails should not be country clubs. He banned smoking, coffee, pornographic magazines, movies and unrestricted television in all jails. He has the cheapest meals in the country too. The average inmate meal costs under 20 cents.

Arpaio also has launched innovative rehabilitation programs like "Hard Knocks High ", the only accredited high school in an American jail. His ALPHA program teaches inmates to turn away from drugs. It is one of his proudest accomplishments. A high percentage of ALPHA graduates leave his jail clean and sober and rarely, if ever, return to incarceration.

As for his deputies, Arpaio has increased salaries, encouraged education by providing incentive pay, improved equipment and the fleet, and has elevated this office to a full-service, state-of-the-art world renowned law enforcement agency.

Also under Arpaio, the posse has grown to 3200 members, the nation's largest volunteer posse. These men and women, always are a great help to deputies, help in search and rescue and other traditional police work as well as in special operations like round-ups of deadbeat parents, fighting prostitution in the valley's so-called red light district, and patrolling malls and shops during holidays. The posse's contribution is invaluable and essentially free to taxpayers.

Arpaio and his wife, Ava, have been married 47 years. They have two children and three grandchildren who also reside in the Phoenix area.

Arpaio says his plans include several more years as the head of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.


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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/22/2009-10/25/2009 Walter Cronkite School of Journalism 61.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
11/15/2007-11/18/2007 Arizona State University 61.00% ( 20.0) 35.00% ( 18.0) 4.00% ( 2.0)
01/18/2001-01/21/2001 Arizona State University 81.00% ( 5.0) 17.00% ( 3.0) 2.00% ( 2.0)
11/18/1999-11/20/1999 Arizona State University 76.00% ( 8.0) 20.00% ( 4.0) 4.00% ( 4.0)
04/17/1997-04/20/1997 Arizona State University 84.00% ( 0.0) 16.00% ( 0.0) 0.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
Title Purchase Contributor
America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against Crime  Purchase Thomas Walker 

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
May 30, 2013 01:00pm News Recall effort against Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails  Article Scott³ 
May 24, 2013 10:05pm Legal Ruling Judge rules against 'America's toughest sheriff' in racial profiling lawsuit  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Apr 15, 2013 08:00am News Did Someone Try to Blow Up Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio?  Article Scott³ 
Feb 09, 2013 03:30pm News Steven Seagal Training Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Posse on School Security  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm Announcement Sheriff Joe To Send Armed Posse To Guard Maricopa County Schools  Article RP 
Sep 10, 2012 03:05pm Event Arizona’s Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales  Article RP 

TWITTER
Mon Jul 27 18:55:50 +0000 2015 - Continuing into the second week of my armed volunteer posse providing security at the US Army Reserve Center in Buckeye. #Keepthemsafe

Thu Jul 23 21:18:45 +0000 2015 - In honor of #NationalHotDogDay I will be serving hot dogs to the Veteran Inmates, a change from the Vegetarian menu. http://t.co/Pk2lx7tdTd

Thu Jul 23 18:03:11 +0000 2015 - Congrats to the 17 recruits pictured who are graduating tonight as Detention Officers, 2 r military vets #WorkatMCSO http://t.co/Ottjee82Eu

Thu Jul 23 16:22:24 +0000 2015 - Going to be on @wolfblitzer #CNN at 10AM Today AZ time talking about @realDonaldTrump visit to the border and #immigration. #Trump

Tue Jul 21 17:39:57 +0000 2015 - Activated my armed posse to patrol a US Army Reserve Center @ their request. Must protect #military . #Chattanooga http://t.co/Jq67wMidhg

Thu Jul 16 20:36:42 +0000 2015 - Locking down 4th Ave Jail tomorrow at noon ahead of large protest by Netroots Nation & Puente against me & ICE agents working in my jail.

Tue Jul 14 22:34:36 +0000 2015 - A picture in the 70's when I was the director in Mexico, the escape of El Chapo would never have happened back then. http://t.co/Lkmzl7Woon

Tue Jul 14 18:10:36 +0000 2015 - As a former director of DEA in Mexico City, I am concerned about drug king pin Chapo's escape. May result in influx of more drugs into AZ

Sun Jul 12 23:54:04 +0000 2015 - My Deputies arrested and booked Michael Crawford after he flew in from Pennsylvania to have oral sex with a horse! http://t.co/v13mtBoWbV

Thu Jul 09 01:48:02 +0000 2015 - New helicopter is being used to assist the search and rescue team in rescuing two people off four peaks Mountain in East Valley

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