SUN CITY, AZ - As of Friday morning, hundreds if not thousands of posse members who volunteer for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been told to stop reporting for duty.
Members of the posse tell ABC15 that Sun City, Sun City West, and Westbrook Village were sent home indefinitely. They say this could have something to do with posse members not being covered under the county’s insurance, although they claim they were covered since the posse program started.
A sheriff’s spokesperson is releasing few details, only giving us this statement:
This is a preliminary posse decision relating to a county policy. The Sheriff’s Office is looking into the situation and reviewing the issues with county administrators.
The Sheriff’s Office will neither confirm nor deny if this suspension has anything to do with Phillip Grigg, the posse member who was shot and injured during an incident on New Year’s Eve. Previous interviews with Sheriff Joe Arpaio reveal Grigg was not covered under the county’s insurance.
According to their website , there are over 50 posse groups throughout Maricopa County. These unpaid volunteers serve as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement, patrolling and aiding with everything from animal abuse cases to hiker rescues.
This is a developing story. ABC15 will continue to bring you the latest updates as they become available.