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

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 Dispatchreports, 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.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.