The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of Public Information (PIO) unit is responsible for providing timely and accurate information to media organizations inquiring about crimes, accidents, rescue operations, and jail incidents as well as policies and other events affecting the operation of the Office.

This unit's mission is to effectively provide a link between the Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves. The PIO staff is on call 24/7 and, at Sheriff’s direction, seeks to be as responsive as possible to media inquiries, particularly about incidents which affect the citizens of Maricopa County.

In addition to press releases, the PIO unit arranges press conferences, inmate interviews, and media appearances by the Sheriff. They are also involved in awards programs, community outreach and other civic events.

To contact the PIO unit, or to submit a public records request on behalf of a media outlet, email us at

The following are press releases generated by the Sheriff’s Office and released to local media in chronological order: