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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 (84 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)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
08/31/2016-09/07/2016 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D) 39.00% ( 0.0) 55.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 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
Oct 11, 2016 01:50pm Legal Ruling Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face criminal charges over immigration patrols  Article RP 
Sep 21, 2016 07:35am Statement Sheriff Arpaio on Obama birth certificate: 'I'm not going to give up'   Article RP 
Aug 20, 2016 12:00am News Federal judge refers Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt  Article IndyGeorgia 
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 

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Tue Nov 22 23:05:00 +0000 2016 - Important anniversary date, November 22, 1957 I was sworn in as a new DEA agent in Chicago, then married my beautiful wife one month later!

Mon Nov 21 19:13:18 +0000 2016 - Condolences to family of San Antonio police Det. Benjamin Marconi I'll never forget my time as head of DEA working w/ and living in S.A. TX.

Mon Nov 14 21:48:07 +0000 2016 - My Honor Guard attended the funeral for fallen Show Low Police Officer Darrin Reed to present a check to his family. https://t.co/FfZKeGyjng

Fri Nov 11 15:23:55 +0000 2016 - I joined the Army in 1950 & constantly supported veterans in my 55yrs of law enforcement. Thank you for your service & sacrifice!

Wed Nov 09 21:55:10 +0000 2016 - Congratulations to President Elect Trump @realDonaldTrump. I'm truly proud of being a part of this historical journey to the White House.

Sat Nov 05 01:58:33 +0000 2016 - There's a war on cops, today 2 NYPD Sgts. were in a shooting with robbery suspect. Thoughts and prayers with family of slain ofc.

Thu Nov 03 22:16:53 +0000 2016 - Met some wonderful students at Chaparral HS this morning and enjoyed a very intelligent Q&A session with them. Than… https://t.co/b5iwR6tpaC

Thu Nov 03 00:34:31 +0000 2016 - Former Tent City jail inmate,Fernando Ruiz,wins Food Network show 'Chopped' & credits me & Tent City for success! https://t.co/oGuVaJKFUX

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