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New Pinal County Sheriff 'Citizens Posse' program allows residents to be deputized

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 18:44:55-04

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has officially launched a new program that deputizes civilians to assist in law enforcement situations.

The program is titled "Citizens Posse." In a press release describing its purpose, PCSO said in a hypothetical emergency situation, or times of widespread unrest, they may need assistance defending the county.

According to PCSO, participants will be required to take a four-hour course that will teach the basics of constitutional law, search and seizure, basic firearm safety, home safety, and the use of force.

“As Sheriff of Pinal County, I am given the authority to deputize civilians to assist in law enforcement. While we hope such an action is never required, we want to make sure those willing to step into the role are trained and ready,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb.

To apply, applicants will be required to take a minimal background check and sign a waiver.

PCSO says the program is open to all residents, not just those in Pinal County.

For more information on "Citizens Posse," click here.