Joe Arpaio Agrees to Cultural Training for Deputies in Guadalupe; County Supervisors Approve

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Guadalupe's come a long way from the days when Sheriff Joe Arpaio laid siege to its mean streets, hunting for illegal immigrants.

On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two groundbreaking amendments to Guadalupe's contract for police protection with the Sheriff's Office.

The first requires that deputies assigned to the postage stamp-size town "receive cultural training unique to the town's history and celebrations."

The second allows the town to "request in writing that any Sheriff's Office staff be reassigned" from service to Guadalupe.

Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez, a fighter for the people

Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez said the amendments, okayed both by Arpaio and the Guadalupe Town Council, were intended to improve relations between citizens of Guadalupe and the MCSO.

Those relations were ruptured severely when the town of 5,500 became the target of one of Arpaio's infamous immigration sweeps in 2008.

"The reality is, we can't afford our own police department, " said Jimenez. "So if we have to work with the MCSO, we should be able to get along with them -- or not fear them, at the very least."

That fear has been pervasive in recent years. Though the town pays $1.2 million per year for police protection, Guadalupe residents long have complained of harassment from the MCSO and slow response times.

They've also claimed that their town of one square mile was being used as a dumping ground for bad deputies.

The two-day 2008 sweep further exacerbated existing tensions. The military-style operation flooded the town with MCSO vehicles, deputies on horseback, a mobile command center, and an MCSO helicopter.

Scores of arrests of residents were made, only a handful of whom were undocumented.

The irony in Arpaio's sweep? The town is half Yaqui Indian, half Mexican-American. Many of Guadalupe's families have lived there for generations.


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dmcrane1
dmcrane1

Kudos to this mayor who puts her constituents first and refused be intimidated by MCSO.  Heard her speak once about the "incident" and I was amazed that this small young woman would have such courage in those circumstances.  Hope this agreement works out and that she can make lemonade out of the lemon that is Joe Arpaio.


James L. Crabtree
James L. Crabtree

Yeaaaaaa, uhhh yea. Why did not they focus on this almost two decades ago? Oh yea, they were too busy defending Fat Bastard.

bobunf
bobunf

Aside from being a convicted racist, a clown, and really, really expensive, Arpaio is completely ineffective as a lawman.  

>  His recidivism rate is so high, he hasn't let anyone calculate it in 16 years.  
>  He has uninvestigated cases spilling out of all file drawers, including the infamous 400 uninvestigated sex crimes

> From 2002 to 2009 in the jurisdiction of Maricopa County’s Sheriff violent crime rates increased 58%.  But in Phoenix such crime decreased 14%, in Mesa decreased 31%, in Scottsdale decreased 15%, in Tempe decreased 26%.  

Check it out.  These, updated numbers, and detailed reporting are available from the Arizona Department of Public Safety at http://www.azdps.gov/about/reports/Crime_In_Arizona  


Totally ineffective as a lawman.  Disturbing and embarrassing; Arpaio is a sadistic clown pandering to worst instincts in people: xenophobia and, yes, sadism.


Disgusting.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

It's nice the assigned deputies are going to receive the training.


What about the command staff and the cancer at the top of MCSO?


Yep, that's what I thought....

DNichols
DNichols

I remember Arpaio taking his faithful Media Circus to the little Town of Guadalupe, and in front of rolling cameras yelling at this Woman Mayor that "she owed him money!"

Not Maricopa County, but the mighty woman yelling P,O,S, pink pantied Tyrant himself.

Who is going to give Arpaio training on how real Men don't yell at Women, and the proper way to address financial dealings between the Maricopa County, and Towns like little Guadalupe?!!

Self Proclaimed "Toughest Women Yeller"?!

What a Brave little excuse of a man you are Little Joe.

rickaz59
rickaz59

And how is this different from the previous contract?  Are you sure the same provisions were not in it, and ignored?  And how many times in the last month have the MCSO helicopters and armored vehicles been used in and above Guadalupe?  Other than the self-serving mayor, how many Guadalupe residents were interviewed for this puffery?

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Well...Yes. Yes, they do.

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

Stop being bitter and take heart there's some progress being made, Francisco.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Cultural Training? so Arpaio and his people are so out of touch that they have to be told that just because when a brown guy wears a white t-shirt does not mean he's a gang member? Or that people don't lose their accents right after signing the immigration papers that make them legal here..

robert_graham
robert_graham

Have you been to Guadalupe lately? It's full of criminals and illegals and it smells bad.

Illegals should be wary of arrest because illegal is illegal.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Nice work Rebecca!

JustSayin
JustSayin

Congratulations to Mayor Jimenez!   David wins again.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

It seems that the Joker and the AZ GOP need to lock Kavanaugh in a room and give him both cultural training, as well as "how not to be a bigoted moron" training! 


(water borarding may be needed, as Kavanaugh seems to have some really deep seated bigotry....)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Cultural Training for MCSO Goons, thats going to be like trying to polish a turd into a diamond.

Good luck with that.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Congrats to the mayor and the town, well done.


I have to say.. Joe is really starting to look like JAFfy/Robert Graham.... first he said he would not accept Snows rulings, then would not accept a monitor, would not do community meetings, said he would not work with this mayor, said he would do things his way and only his way, etc...etc...etc...


Where did all that bluster go Joe???? Finally realizing your are an impotent old incompetent fool??? Your constituents are realizing it too,,, that and simply dying off...


Good 'ol Joe... a lot of hot air

car_del99
car_del99

@robert_graham  It is 2014 and you re still STUPID 

The older you get the stupider you become..But then , what's the point of telling you you are very stupid , if you are too stupid to realize that ?


mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@robert_graham Are you for real? Your comments are so outrageously stupid and ignorant that I sometimes wonder if you are putting us on. But then again, there are people in this world so far detached from reality that they would say such incredibly stupid things and believe them. Which are you?

logicman
logicman

@dennis20  yes this is great work.  Now hopefully she will work on cleaning up garbage on the streets, rounding up the stray dogs, and putting a little curb value to the town

robert_graham
robert_graham

Your "cultural training" is a free pass for lawbreakers but I'm sorry, Hispanics are not above the law.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham  

Neither does Arputo, just ask the 400+ victims of sexual abuse the Arpaio clowns didn't investigate.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  wrong again twit. we want ALL laws enforced equally or according to severity, you are the one that thinks selective law enforcement is needed. with selective law enforcement, you are ignoring certain laws.......................that means you are NOT enforcing the law.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  thats what you get from them accepting cultural training?? that they will give criminals a free pass??? wow.............you are a special kind of stupid arent you?? and its not really speaking too highly of MCSO if you think them understanding the community they patrol means they will be giving free passes on crime.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@robert_graham


Guess you get no vote on the cultural training issue, no doubt it will make you whine, cry like the baby avatar you obsessively use!

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