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Pinal County Citizens Posse Draws Concerns From Board Of Supervisors, Citizens

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 7:37pm
Updated: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 11:28pm

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The formation of a new citizens posse by Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is causing concerns by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

Lamb created the posse in late July as a response to what he said were ongoing concerns by citizens in the wake of national protests — most recently in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

But as the Casa Grande Dispatch reports, Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios said he needs “more information [because he’s] getting questions from citizens [he] can’t answer.”

According to Lamb, the posse is designed to provide law enforcement with assistance by residents during, “an hypothetical major emergency situation or time of widespread unrest.”

Those wanting to participate must take a training course teaching the basics of law, search and seizure, firearm safety and the use of force.