Joe Arpaio

Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Wants Armed Posse Near Each School

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A day after Arizona's top cop said he wanted at least one armed teacher at every school, America's toughest sheriff is taking the idea one step further.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a bold statement Thursday about how he plans to protect students in Arizona. Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne proposed putting a gun in the hands of at least one educator in every school in Arizona.

Sheriff Arpaio says he's ready to provide armed assistance at schools in the valley. The sheriff says he's ready to start this program within a week.

He said he wants to put posse members near schools, not inside them. He's focusing on roughly 50 schools in cities that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction over.