Paul Babeu - Honest....Independant....Accountable
Filmed July 7 2010 during a Tucson TEA Party meeting by Rocket_Smoke.
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Paul Babeu, age 40, is the elected Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona. The Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 700 full-time employees, who provide Law Enforcement and Adult Detention (Jail) functions for the fastest growing Arizona County. (Population 360,000) He defeated an incumbent Sheriff with over 53,000 votes and made history as the first and only Republican elected to county-wide office since the county was established in 1875.
He was elected on a platform of reforming the Sheriff’s Office to improve service and safety for Pinal County families. Honest, Independent and Accountable was the Sheriff’s message. This shall be achieved through improved training combined with even and firm discipline within the Sheriff’s Office. Accountability will be restored and emergency response times will be reduced through use of current technology.
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Sheriff Babeu is also a Major in the Arizona Army National Guard, having served a tour in Iraq and 16 months deployed in Arizona on Operation Jump Start (OJS), Southwest Border Mission. Major Babeu served as Commander of Task Force Yuma, which was responsible for direct support for the US Border Patrol in securing the Arizona/Mexican border. TF Yuma was comprised of 700 active duty Army and Air National Guard service members from across the Unites States. Babeu has served 18 years in the Army National Guard, where he started his service as a Private/E-2.
Paul started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer for the City of Chandler, AZ. He graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy as the #1 Overall Police Recruit and voted by his fellow officers as the Exemplary Officer. He was awarded two Life Saving Medals in the performance of his duties as a Patrolman and also served as the Police Union President for the Chandler Police Department and served on the board of directors for the Arizona Police Association.
His education includes an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science and Master of Public Administration, Suma Cum Laude. He is a member of numerous military, civic and business groups.
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During the past few years, the issue of securing our borders has escalated throughout the United States. Although this problem has created heated debates from both sides of the issue across the country, in Arizona it is particularly a hot topic.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been very outspoken about the immediate need to secure our southern border to protect the citizens of the United States from both drug smuggling and human trafficking and the crimes associated with both.
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Unfortunately, individuals have now felt the need to make threats against his life because of his stance on the issue. Threats that have been deemed “credible” by outside law enforcement agencies have been forwarded to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for action. Additionally other threats against Sheriff Babeu and his staff have also been received via direct communication with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Deputy Steve Henry two weeks ago asked Pinal County Manager Terry Doolittle and Assistant County Manager Manny Gonzalez for funding so Sheriff Babeu could be provided with a small Security Detail temporarily until the threats against his life stopped. Chief Deputy Henry said, "Any threat against an elected official is serious and they usually come from upset citizens. We have information of additional threats from the Mexican Mafia and Drug Cartel members that are placing a 'green light' on our Sheriff. It is one thing to threaten an elected official, yet threats against the Sheriff by foreign born criminals raise this to a new level."
At this time, Sheriff Babeu has made the decision not to request funding or the reallocation of positions to provide for a Security Detail because of our already stretched budget and the fact it would only take away from our limited staffing. Pinal County is nearly 5,400 sq miles and is listed among America's top 5 fastest growing counties; yet no additional sworn Deputies have been provided. Staffing is approximately 1 Deputy per thousand residents in unincorporated areas, which is far less than the average of 2.2 Officers per thousand residents that is the law enforcement standard in our region. In addition to the low staffing levels, Pinal County remains ground zero for drug and human smuggling.
Sheriff Babeu has vowed to continue the fight to secure our borders and fight drug smuggling and human trafficking across our state. Sheriff Babeu stated, “We don't have enough Deputies to respond to local emergencies and to protect our Pinal families. I understand this threat, yet I will not run in fear or change my support for SB1070 and my demands for President Obama to secure our border with 3,000 armed soldiers in Arizona and start building the fence again. I'm always armed and as every law enforcement member knows, we always have to be aware of our surroundings and possible threats.”
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