Sheriff Babeu Elected For Second Term As President of the Arizona’s Sheriff’s Association
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Sheriff Babeu Elected for Second Term as the President of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been elected for a second term as the president of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association. The Sheriff’s Association is comprised of the elected Sheriffs of all 15 Arizona counties. The Sheriffs meet to coordinate a uniform agenda to improve public safety throughout Arizona. Their combined voice strengthens their ability to advance new or improved laws before the legislature, Governor, as well as to leaders in Washington D.C. Arizona Sheriff’s provide full law enforcement services, run their county jails and provide regional support to many local police departments.
“Our budgets have been reduced due to the slow economy, yet theft, burglary and domestic violence have increased in many parts of Arizona. Your elected Sheriff’s are teaming up to better protect our families with fewer resources,” said Sheriff Babeu. “We have improved service by providing advanced training and modernizing our agencies with use of current technology.”
In 2009, Sheriff Babeu fully reorganized the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office by replacing the entire command leadership and has since implemented strict employee standards, improved training, reduced emergency response times nearly in half and has aggressively sought and been awarded nearly $7 million in grants.
He won his first term in a landslide election victory in 2008 over the incumbent Sheriff. He earned statewide and national attention with his outspoken stances against photo-enforcement cameras and illegal immigration. He is Arizona’s youngest Sheriff and leads the third largest Sheriff’s Office in the state with 700 full-time employees.
During this past year, Sheriff Babeu retired from the Arizona Army National Guard. During his tenure he served a tour in Iraq and spent 16 months deployed in Arizona as a Commander with Operation Jump Start (OJS), Southwest Border Mission. Sheriff Babeu served 20 years in the Army National Guard, where he started service as an enlisted Private/E-2 and ended it as an Officer with the rank of Major.
Sheriff Babeu 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 class 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. Sheriff Babeu also served on the board of directors for the Arizona Police Association.
Sheriff Babeu’s education includes an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, Suma Cum Laude. He is a member of numerous military, civic and business groups.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said, “Paul is known nationally for his strong stand against illegal immigration and the drug cartels who have invaded our state. He stands for integrity within the Office of Sheriff and has demonstrated true professionalism while representing that Office as well as the Arizona Sheriff’s Association.”
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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
971 Jason Lopez Circle
Florence, Arizona 85231