The Enforcement Support Division is comprised of several specialized units whose function is to provide
assistance and support to the various divisions of the Office, such as patrol and investigations. Below is a
brief summary of the units within the Enforcement Support Division. Click on their links to learn more about
The Community Relations Section provides a variety of
programs, displays, and parades for the citizens of Maricopa County. A primary goal of Sheriff Arpaio is to
educate our youth to resist drugs, tobacco, gangs and criminal activity. A few of these programs are
S.T.A.R.S , S.M.A.R.T. Tents and the annual Sheriff's Summer Camp.
The Sheriff's Firearms Range is a multi-purpose facility that is used by not only the Sheriff's Office, but
agencies throughout the State of Arizona and United States as well. Approximately 2,400 employees are
trained annually at the range which consists of a two story administration building, four firing bays, and a
live shoot house.
The Mobile Command Center is a semi-truck and trailer that is equipped as a mobile communications command
center. The unit is equipped with its own generator, and a variety of communications equipment, such as
cellular phones, police radios, and aircraft radios. The Mobile Command Center is ready for use twenty-four
hours a day for any type of emergency or large-scale disaster, as a base of operations for the incident
The Posse Administration Section oversees over three thousand
volunteers who provide assistance to the various divisions of the Office. Each posse volunteer receives
specialized training such as Law and Legal and Emergency First Care. Volunteers who wish to carry
firearms as a member of the posse must receive the same firearms training given to our sworn deputies.
Since taking office in 1993, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has innovated the use of citizen posse volunteers to
carry out a number of highly successful operations, such as the annual holiday patrol of the shopping
malls throughout the county and the "Deadbeat Parent" round-up which apprehends parents who are
delinquent in their child support.
The Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Program utilizes volunteers who undergo the same Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) certification as our compensated deputy sheriffs. Reserve Deputy Sheriffs perform general law enforcement duties such as uniformed patrol, warrant extradition, and other specialized duties that save the taxpayers of Maricopa County hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
The Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit is a group of highly trained
professionals who are responsible for the coordination of search and rescue operations. Maricopa County
contains over nine thousand square miles of terrain that range from arid desert to high elevation mountains
such as the Four Peaks in eastern Maricopa County. The unit relies on the assistance and support of a
variety of volunteer groups to successfully carry out each mission. In addition to our mounted and motorized
search and rescue posse, the section relies on a variety of specialized posses such as the Divers posse,
Mountain Rescue posse, and the Helicopter posse.