Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is downplaying the federal government's decision to drop the Sheriff's Office from a program that allows local law enforcement agencies to obtain military surplus gear.
MCSO Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a tank used by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Arpaio's office issued a press release stating MCSO would be fine without the weapons and equipment obtained through what's known as the 1033 program. Arpaio claims the move is a swipe at him personally, although the Department of Defense says MCSO's termination in the program is due to the agency losing nine firearms.
"The Sheriff suspects that the termination after the two-year suspension, all of a sudden [and] just before a congressional meeting about the 1033 program, might be political," MCSO Lieutenant Brandon Jones tells New Times.More »