Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is offering to provide security for elected officials and judges during public events.
The offer was made in response to the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Arpaio on Wednesday sent letters with the offer to members of Congress, leaders of the state House and Senate, county supervisors and Superior Court judges. He said in a statement that he will provide armed members of his volunteer posse to those officials who request it for speeches or other events.
The sheriff says an armed and uniformed presence may deter an attack. But he says just having a uniformed officer on scene won’t stop any potential assault.