Maricopa sheriff’s posse resumes school patrols
Published: August 12, 2013 at 10:07 am
The office began the posse patrols in January in the wake of the December 2012 deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Armed and uniformed posse volunteers in marked sheriff’s vehicles patrol outside and in the vicinity of elementary, middle and high schools in the sheriff’s jurisdiction.
That’s generally outside incorporated cities.
The office says the patrols are intended to provide a “heavy visual presence” to discourage criminal behavior or respond to any potential acts of violence.
Posse members underwent a simulated training exercise in July at which they responded to gunshots and explosions at a local school.
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