The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is one of the most talked about and nationally
recognized Sheriff's Offices in the country today. Why? Because we are innovative.
No other detention facility in the country, state or county has 2,000 convicts living in tents; no other county or state
facility can boast of a gleaning program that results in costs of under 15 cents per meal per inmate; few others can say they
have women in tents or on chain gangs and no other sheriff's office in the United States today has a volunteer posse of 3,000
men and women, people from the community who give their time and money to train to be volunteers helping to keep the county
free from crime.
From an enforcement perspective, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office prides itself on serving and protecting the people who
live in a huge county... 9,200 square miles... an area larger than some states. Furthermore, Sheriff Arpaio has a philosophy
of zero tolerance towards the criminal element, which has been embraced by deputies and community alike.
Under the leadership of Sheriff Arpaio, the office focuses a lot of resources to fight illegal immigration. Arpaio has both Patrol Deputies and Detention Officers trained to investigate all detainees to determine their
immigration status. Whether stopped by a Patrol Officer of brought to jail by police, if they are illegal aliens, Sheriff Arpaio's staff will work to determine that.
Either they will be charged with the crime of illegal entry into the U.S. or they will be deported.
Because of Arpaio's immense popularity, citizens have united in a partnership with law enforcement to an unprecedented degree.
This office is proud to be on the leading edge of law enforcement and incarceration.