Arpaio promises changes in MCSO

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by Javier Soto

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:21 AM

PHOENIX -- Five months after the Department of Justice filed a scathing report against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office accusing it of widespread racial profiling, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is revamping his department. 

Although it happened before the DOJ is expected to file a lawsuit, the sheriff said it has been months in the making. 

Arpaio released an 18-page document Wednesday on how his department will be overhauled. The focus? MCSO will work to improve community outreach, accountability within the agency and transparency on how the office conducts its operations.

"I do not tolerate racist attitudes or behaviors, but because perception can me more powerful than fact, I want to address these concerns openly and focus on community-based goals and procedures which affirm our commitment to the highest professional standards," Arpaio said at a news conference.

Some of the main points:

* Enhance policies, procedures, training and communication
* Ensure bias-free law enforcement
* Maintain safety & security
* Community outreach
* Internal integrity
* Public feedback
* Better record keeping

The overall goal is to improve the sheriff's office and build trust within the Latino community. Read the complete initiative.

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