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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
Jan 26, 2016 05:00pm Endorsement Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorses Trump for president  Article RP 
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 

TWITTER
Sun Feb 14 01:29:59 +0000 2016 - I was pleased to honor our African American employees tonight during our Black History Month ceremony in Mesa https://t.co/BVaypdFbXL

Sat Feb 13 21:49:04 +0000 2016 - Honored to speak with Veterans today at the Parada Del Sol Parade. Thank you for your service! https://t.co/QBwPkbrOev

Sat Feb 13 21:43:57 +0000 2016 - With my volunteer Posse member RUBIO. 75 years old assisted with deadbeat parent round up today. Thank you! https://t.co/L94uI6Hj6Y

Sat Feb 13 21:26:28 +0000 2016 - Valentine's Day, deadbeat parent, warrant round up. Deputies, Posse and reserves arrest 20 in this operation! https://t.co/zWKopWOcFt

Sat Feb 13 21:08:12 +0000 2016 - Met Stevie Smith of Circus Town Clowns at the Parada Del sole Parade. He set a 25 hr record for standing on a ball. https://t.co/tVch1fEdv9

Thu Feb 11 22:03:11 +0000 2016 - Press conference can be seen on https://t.co/0jEuuvqfqA talking about the states largest rollout of body cams for law enforcement

Tue Feb 02 20:12:06 +0000 2016 - Worlds first female chain gang will be out by Princess and Scottsdale Road wearing stripes with a DUI message to deter drinking and driving

Sun Jan 31 16:15:16 +0000 2016 - Was on Telemundo today cont. my support and endorsement nationally on TV for Trump policies incl. immigration. https://t.co/ItGBR2yQJx

Sat Jan 30 03:50:18 +0000 2016 - Welcomed thousands to the Barrett Jackson car auction tonight. Met NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon also. https://t.co/i8u1pumYaA

Thu Jan 28 17:53:27 +0000 2016 - Was just on CNN speaking about my endorsement for Trump. https://t.co/VChBgEYGFb

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  11/06/2012 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 50.70% (+6.01%)
  11/04/2008 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 55.17% (+13.01%)
  09/02/2008 Maricopa County Sheriff - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 56.74% (+26.03%)
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  11/07/2000 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 66.49% (+40.10%)
  09/12/2000 Maricopa County Sheriff - R Primary Won 74.31% (+48.73%)
  11/05/1996 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1992 Maricopa County Sheriff Won 57.60% (+15.20%)
  09/08/1992 Maricopa County Sheriff - R Primary Won 52.40% (+4.80%)
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