Arpaio launching Web-based show to talk to public

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has found a new way to get his message out to the public. He is starting a Web-based show to give a weekly address about new programs and to respond to current issues.

Arpaio will also use the webcast to broadcast law-enforcement activity, such as his crime suppression operations and deadbeat parent roundups.

"I have never had any trouble getting media coverage, but this is an opportunity to get my message out the way I intend it and not left to the bias or agenda of certain media organizations," Arpaio said in a news release.

The program titled "JMA TV-1" will stream live on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. at www.ustream.tv/channel/JMA-tv1 for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the subject matter. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has recently used the live streaming service to broadcast live news conferences.

"I think the public has the right to access all of the information that is usually privy to the media, rather than allowing news organizations to be the deciding factor of what people should hear," Arpaio said.

Arpaio uses the popular social networking site Twitter to notify followers of the happenings of the sheriff's office, such as news releases, crime bulletins, and missing person flyers. He reportedly has reached 10,000 followers on Twitter.

The sheriff's office has also utilized its web site, www.mcso.org, to provide information not included in certain media stories under a link titled "The Truth Behind the Headlines." The website currently receives about 209,000 visitors per month, according to the news release.

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