Sheriff Penzone outlines his 100-Day Plan for MCSO

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Less than three weeks into his first term as Maricopa County sheriff, Paul Penzone unveiled what's ahead in his 100-Day Plan.

During his address Thursday, Penzone announced the formation of the "SPEAR" committee, a team he will call on to review issues. The committee will be made up of citizens, and will be lead by former AZ AG Grant Woods.

The first issue the committee will examine is Tent City.

Penzone also said he would disband the "cold case posse," which for years spent tax dollars to investigate Obama's birth certificate.

But as for the regular posse? The new sheriff said his commitment to the posse remains "steadfast" and that he will recruit to build up the posse numbers.

He says he will also focus on crime prevention, child crimes, the opioid epidemic and the arrest of fugitives. 

"We will make a concerted effort to track down, apprehend and hold accountable those who are wanted. You don't get a free pass," he said.

In addition, Penzone says he will create a new Special Response Team to protect jail officers against violence by inmates.

Then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio folded the team in September as part of $8 million in budget cuts to cover skyrocketing legal costs from a racial-profiling case against the agency.

Some rank-and-file jail officers who had to pick up the duties of the team complained Arpaio had compromised officer safety by ending the team.

Arpaio's office, just days before the November election, insisted the team hadn't been disbanded.

Penzone says the agency had no such team was in place when he took office on Jan. 1.

“The number one priority for me as Sheriff is to do a full evaluation through data to truly understand this organization,” Penzone said in a news release. “The 100-Day plan provides effective methods and a framework to address some of the most pressing issues facing this office and the people we serve.”

Items to be addressed in the first 100 days include:

  • Fiscally sound management of MCSO;
  • Building relationships and partnerships with communities served by MCSO;
  • Supporting the work of MCSO Detention Officers;
  • Taking a proactive approach to the opioid epidemic;
  • Taking a proactive approach to solving and preventing crimes against children;
  • Taking a proactive approach to stopping animal abuse and neglect;
  • Taking a proactive approach to fugitive apprehension;
  • The future of Tent City.

Penzone assumed office at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1.

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