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Scottsdale police accept campaign signs donations for reuse as target practice

As the race for the public office heats up, campaign signs dot intersections across Scottsdale, but there's a surprising source of where campaign signs in the city can wind up after elections.

The Scottsdale Police Department accepts campaign signs donated by candidates for use as target practice. Department spokesman Aaron Bolin said a paper target is placed over signs so no candidate’s images are used as targets.

“The police department’s use of political signs is not political,” Bolin said. "The police department’s use of the old campaign signs is merely a repurposing of what the sign material is.”

Scottsdale councilwoman Solange Whitehead likes the idea because she is concerned with the environmental impact of campaign signs once the elections are over.

“They’re one-use." Whitehead said. "So you have these ginormous plastic signs being produced, and then there’s no proper disposal for the signs.”

Old campaign signs come to the police department by word-of-mouth, Bolin says. Candidates should contact the police department if they want to donate their signs after the election.

Scott Daniels was an intern at KJZZ in 2022.