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In this February 4, 2009, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent City for incarceration until their sentences are served and they are deported to their home countries. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Sep 1, 2017

Arpaio’s political future uncertain, pulls tricks from the past

Joe Arpaio is flirting with another campaign that will never happen, according to some political insiders, but he could still serve as an effective surrogate for rising conservative figures.

Feb 6, 2017

Bill outlines rules for law enforcers when tracking cellphones

Mia Garcia, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, said the legislation her agency crafted will make it clear in statute that state and local police are required to get a search warrant before they use devices like a “StingRay,” which can hone in on individual cell phones. And she said the “modernization” of existing laws is good for Arizonans.

Jan 29, 2017

Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown

To build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

Jan 11, 2017

Profits of Policing: Arizona asset seizures net $200M in past five years

State laws allowed Arizona law enforcement agencies to seize nearly $200 million in personal property during the past five years – almost all of it cash – from people who may never be charged or convicted of a crime.

Jan 10, 2017

Polygamous towns oppose disbanding their police department

Two towns in Arizona and Utah are rejecting a proposed disbandment of their shared police department as a remedy to a jury verdict that concluded they discriminated against people who weren't members of a polygamous sect.

Dec 17, 2015

Roll the tape: Valley police departments deploy body cameras

Officers from Arizona State University, Tempe and Maricopa County Sheriff’s office recently deployed body cameras to their officers, following suit of several other cities around the Valley, including Phoenix and Mesa. Body cameras have been adopted by law enforcement agencies across the nation, capturing interactions with the public and potentially controversial scenes of conflict.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo)
Nov 30, 2015

Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon may run against Arpaio

Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is considering running against longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Nov 25, 2015

Panel ponders stricter law on release of police body camera videos

As police are increasingly recording interactions with alleged lawbreakers and victims, lawmakers are considering whether body camera video should be treated differently from other public records.

Nov 12, 2015

Report calls Arizona civil forfeiture laws ‘among the worst in the country’

The amount of money and property that Arizona law enforcement agencies have seized from suspected criminals under the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws has skyrocketed in the last decade, making Arizona one of most active states for seizures in the nation.

Oct 29, 2015

Sheriff encourages drug dealers to snitch on competition

A sheriff is enlisting the help of drug dealers in his fight to rid a rural eastern Arizona county of narcotics. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is circulating 3,000 postcards that encourage drug dealers to identify their rivals, their contact information and the times they sell. “Is your drug dealing competition costing you money,” the […]

Sep 24, 2015

Former agent testifies at start of Fast and Furious trial

A former Border Patrol agent broke down in tears as he described desperately trying to save the life of a colleague who was shot during a firefight that exposed the bungled federal gun operation known as Fast and Furious.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces dozens of arrests in a prostitution sting during a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff's deputies made dozens of arrests in the sting in which undercover officers posed as 16-year-old girls as men responded to an online ad. The investigation also resulted in numerous drug-related arrests. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Sep 22, 2015

Arpaio could face fines for disobeying judge

The sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix built his reputation around defying those who said it wasn't his job to enforce immigration laws. But Sheriff Joe Arpaio's stubborn streak is catching up with him — and taxpayers will foot the bill.