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Celebrates 100 Years
was optionally worn by Posse and Deputy Sheriffs and retired December 31, 2012
Updated: 2/25/2014 10:04
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ABOUT YOUR POSSE:
xcept for watching western movies, many
were unaware of the present day Posse concept when they moved to Arizona. Residents and visitors of Sun City, Sun City
West, and many other communities have observed numerous
Maricopa County Sheriff’s vehicles patrolling their streets and shopping
centers. These patrol vehicles are
staffed with Compensated Deputy Sheriffs, Reserve Deputies, and Posse
Personnel. Observers have commented that
they cannot tell the difference between the three groups. Except for printing on the Maricopa Badge,
everyone looks alike. The question is;
who actually are Posse and who are Deputy Sheriffs?
Our incumbent Sheriff, Joe Arpaio decided
many years ago that there would be no obvious distinction between Posse and
Deputy Patrol vehicles. The traffic law
violators, criminals, and other wrong doers may not notice the minor difference,
and as a result they stay away from the more heavily patrolled areas of Sun
City, Sun City West and many other communities augmented by the trained Posse
members. This perception is also true
about the similar uniform that is worn by Deputy Sheriffs and Posse. The perception concept has been very
successful and areas like Sun City have shown a benefit of substantial reduced
crime as compared with adjacent cities.
There are many authorized Posses, and they
are located throughout Maricopa
County—some in cities—and
some in unincorporated areas. A few of
the Posses in Maricopa County,
Arizona are highly
specialized. The end result of having
over 3,500 uniformed volunteers is huge! As an example; Posse patrols augment the
Deputy patrols causing a higher presence of perceived Law Enforcement. Posse members observe their assigned areas as
trained; and report circumstances to the District Deputy Sheriffs. The result is always a safer community.
Note that Posse members are not Law
Enforcement officers. The Sun City Posse is not a Law Enforcement Agency. However
Posse members who are in the presence of a Regular Compensated Deputy Sheriff
can do any task with appropriate authority when authorized to do so. Due to this, all candidates are subjected to
a background scrutiny, are fingerprinted, checked out by the F.B.I. and other
National Databases such as N.C.I.C.
The public can be
assured that the FBI fingerprinting and background investigation has been a
requirement for Posse Candidates for many years, and that is a hard fact. Further, active Posse members must maintain
conduct—on and off duty--that positively reflects the high standards of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Policy and
Procedures. Posse members who violate
Policy or break the law are terminated forthwith. These high standards are in place to maintain
the public confidence and trust in the Posse program. It has always been this way.
Posse members are volunteers and receive
no pay from the County or community they serve.
Many are average citizens who wish to provide a service to the persons
in their patrol areas. There are a few
that are former or retired police officers.
A basic Sun City Posse Member does not
have to undergo physical agility testing.
A valid Arizona driver license and Sun City residence is required. All training for the position is provided by Sun City Posse Instructors at no charge to the
candidate. Uniforms, badge, and
nameplate are provided. The duties are
very low stress. Posse patrols respond
to dispatches at the speed limit and the tasks assigned are not hazardous. In a few words, a Sun City
Posse person is never placed in Harm’s Way.
A select few Sun City
Posse members have completed intensive training at the Maricopa Sheriff’s
Academy, and can expertly carry and deploy Handcuffs, Pepper Spray and
Tasers. These are defensive tools and are present only to protect Posse personnel.
This option is available to those who wish to carry these defensive tools. However, these qualified Posse Members must
purchase and maintain the additional equipment.
Some Advanced Sun
City Posse members have moved on to a higher qualification:
QAP. This stands for Qualified Armed
Posse. To obtain this qualification, a
candidate must pass an eight to ten hour written psychological test, another
stress test based on movie scenarios, an intensive drug test, an interview
based on test results with a Psychologist, another background investigation,
and a rigorous course of physical training.
The training consists of advanced defensive tactics, being drenched with
Pepper or O.C. spray, weapons retention and advanced police tactics. Finally the candidate that passes the
demanding--almost arduous--physical course will move to the range and qualify
with a firearm. Posse members must
qualify with their personally purchased duty pistols to Arizona POST law enforcement standards. This means that a QAP Posse person has met
the firearms requirements that a regular compensated Arizona Law Enforcement
Officer must pass. This includes the
necessary mindset all law enforcement officers must have to survive a deadly
threat in the field.
QAP authorized members of the Sun City
Posse are still volunteers and receive no payments from Maricopa County
or any other Government Agency. Armed
Posse must train and qualify to strict Arizona
P.O.S.T. law enforcement standards as required using ammunition personally
purchased. Practice ammunition and duty
ammunition replacement can add up to hundreds of dollars a year to each
qualified member. Ammunition purchases
can include the duty pistol practice and special duty cartridges, shotgun
rounds, rifle practice and special on duty cartridges. New duty ammunition must be re-purchased
every year. Again; none of this ammunition
is provided by the County
of Maricopa, or any
Government Agency. No funds to the Sun City Posse go to these QAP members. All expenses are paid for by the Posse
Most of the Sun City
Posse members are Basic Qualification.
The reason is; for nearly all of the duties in Sun
City, possessing a firearm is not necessary. This is a very safe endeavor that the
Member’s family can be comfortable with.
It also needs to be restated that the assigned duties do not place Sun City Posse members in harm’s way. A possible threat to Posse safety will be
intercepted by the Shift Field Duty Officer and a warning to stay away from a
crime scene or threat will be issued via two way radio.
Our members have commented
that this duty is interesting, challenging, and worthwhile. Many Posse members in Sun
City Posse have lost count of the actual lives that they were
instrumental in saving in the event of a medical, welfare, or traffic accident
emergency. The Posse is an additional
layer of trained personnel. The eyes and
ears of Sun City Posse volunteers augment the
Deputies ability to provide security and protection for the residents and also
visitors of this Retirement Community.
In short, it is a great job to volunteer for. The Posse Member experiences tend to sharpen
and stimulate both mind and body. This
is a volunteer job that actually gives back to the Posse Members. Very few jobs can do that.
City Posse works closely with the Sun City Fire Department. Sun City Fire Department
Consider joining our
Posse. It is a very rewarding
experience. We have a shortage of
personnel and are in need of a lot of good people. Qualification for advanced positions is not
required at all. Candidates only have to
be 50 years old to serve on the Sun City
Posse. There is no maximum age
limit. The posse helps the Sun City residents on a daily basis, and due to dedicated
presence; comforts, serves, and even saves lives. Come join the action and respond to multiple
daily emergencies. Restore that spark in
your life! Call us at the Posse
Headquarters and find out why this is true.
may e-mail our Recruitment Officer for additional information Azranger138@gmail.com
Our phone number is 623-972-2555 Please call between 9:00 AM and Noon to ask
about this position.
also go to the Home Page, and click on [Join Us] for more information on the
Posse positions available.
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