400 AR-15’s where handed out to the sheriff’s deputies and are required to be carried 24/7 on and off duty. After the recent killing of two officers the sheriff feels the need to increase the fire power of his men.
“Last year, two of our deputies died under violent circumstances, and this year a deputy was shot several times but survived. Therefore, I want all my deputies to be armed with the greatest firepower available 24 hours a day,” added Arpaio.
“While this decision may seem controversial to some in the public and among other law enforcement agencies, I have extreme confidence in the training and professionalism of the men and women deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,” said Arpaio.