Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, accompanied by four volunteer posse members, will work throughout the entire county on Saturday, May 9, to find deadbeat dads, those who have fled from their court-ordered responsibility to financially support their families, according to a press release e-mailed May 8 but embargoed until noon May 9.
Saturday’s operation marks the 20th year of such roundups by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – deadbeat roundups on days such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Father’s Day, which Sheriff Joe Arpaio began in 1995, according to the release.
“Hopefully, the results of this operation will be an added gift for several mothers on the very weekend that honors all they do for everyone else but themselves,” Sheriff Arpaio said in the release.
The Mother’s Day 2015 warrant detail was to begin early Saturday morning after a 6:30 a.m. briefing covering operational plans and safety concerns for all personnel involved in the detail. The entire operation was to work out of the Park Central Mall parking lot at Central Avenue, south of Osborn. The teams were to launch from the location and all arrestees were to be brought back to the location for booking and subsequent transfer to the Fourth Avenue Jail, Sheriff Arpaio said in the release.
“While we are doing this in honor on Mother’s Day,” Sheriff Arpaio said in the release, “we are seeking all absconders – both male and female – who have continuously shirked their financial responsibilities to the family units they created.”
Sheriff Arpaio and his commanders have stressed to the teams the importance of keeping aware of their surroundings as the service of warrants is considered one of the more dangerous duties of law enforcement, according to the release.
“Coming up unannounced to the residence of a person who is wanted by law enforcement for any reason is risky business,” Sheriff Arpaio said in the release. “Traffic stops and warrant service is where many officers are shot or otherwise assaulted,” he said.
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