Arpaio’s volunteer posse to begin patrolling malls Monday Click to Tweet

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) – It’s a holiday tradition in the Valley. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s all-volunteer posse will begin protecting shoppers at malls beginning on Monday.Arpaio began sending posse members to malls to provide protection in 1993. This year’s kickoff will take place at 4 p.m. at Paradise Valley Mall, located at 4568 E. Cactus Rd.

Originally done to combat a series of violent carjackings, the department said this season will present extra challenges due to worldwide terror alerts and violent attacks.

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“We have to understand and deal with these threats as an entire community in order to best safeguard the public. The first line of defense is law enforcement, and that includes the posse, which has proved itself again and again a most valuable and successful resource though the years,” Arpaio wrote in a release…

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