The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced this week the creation of the Citizen’s Posse. Similar to a citizen’s academy, participants in the Citizen’s Posse will learn the basics of constitutional law, search and seizure, basic firearm safety, home safety, and the use of force.
Participants will not be patrolling or assisting deputies on a daily basis.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, residents who feel uneasy during these difficult times can learn their rights and how to best protect their families.
“Pinal County covers nearly 5,400 square miles and is approximately the size of Connecticut. While our deputies do everything they can to be available at a moment’s notice, in a hypothetical major emergency situation or time of wide-spread unrest, they may need assistance suppressing lawlessness and defending the county,” said Public Information Officer Lauren Reimer in a press release.
“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.
Each applicant will be required to undergo a minimal background check and sign a waiver release form. Upon completion of the Citizens Posse training, a certificate of completion and an ID card will be issued.