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Insurer Stymies Ariz. Sheriff's Armed Border Posse

October 31, 2012  | 

An armed volunteer posse set up by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to scan the desert for violent drug smugglers is running into serious bureaucratic opposition that might thwart the controversial operation.

County officials from across the state and their insurance underwriters believe Babeu has gone too far in recruiting military veterans to help his deputies, who patrol one of the most dangerous sections of Arizona desert, and have deemed the operation too risky.

Following legal warnings from alarmed underwriters that provide liability coverage for posse volunteers in most county sheriff’s offices, an agency that coordinates insurance coverage is changing its policy to specifically exclude Babeu's Anti-Smuggling Posse.

Read the full Arizona Republic story.

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Tags: Citizen Involvement, Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff


Comments (6)

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Earnest @ 11/2/2012 9:16 AM

Thats a big part of the problems in our society. You can't do the things that need to be done, because someone is afraid of being sued. And the Fed. government is always a big help.

notmeofficer @ 11/2/2012 9:23 AM

Sounds like there needs to be a huge reserve academy to me.. if they wont or cant use volunteers then make them into deputies

Morning Eagle @ 11/2/2012 11:09 AM

So these county officials and insurance guys sit in their nice safe offices and refuse to see the validity of such reinforcements for Sheriff Babeau's men and women who are operating in what has been allowed to become a war zone by a malfeasant federal administration. Insurance companies are as bad as the American Bar Association and ACLU, they want to run everything and tell everyone what they can or cannot do. Sheriff Babeau is trying to find ways to deal with a very serious and dangerous situation in his jurisdiction but the fat cat bureaucrats are afraid they might be held liable if they let him and his people do the job the 'crats themselves would never have the guts to do.

misterbean @ 11/2/2012 12:25 PM

I agree with everything previously posted, especially notmeofficer's suggestion that Sheriff Babeu deputize them as Reserve Deputies, thus negating 90+% of this issue. Posse vs. Deputies=problem solved. It is still sad that a county sheriff is put in a position to have to do something because the federal gov't won't.

scpdblue @ 11/2/2012 1:30 PM

Then make them reserve deputies.

michael @ 11/3/2012 1:23 PM

Right on lets solve this issue and help our local Law Enforcement deal with it. We have a right as US Citizens to help, support and enforce laws in our country.

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