Capitol Cop-Out

The Capitol Police is one of the state's smallest law enforcement agencies, and some say one of its worst

Still, Russell Pearce, the House member who initiated legislation to fold the Capitol Police into DPS, says he plans to look into the previous investigations.

Pearce, a 23-year veteran of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, says he also plans to continue pushing his bill until the consolidation is approved.

Merging the two departments would give the Capitol Police "better communications, better training, better supervision," he says.

Representative Bob Robson, who sits on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees criminal justice matters, says the kinds of issues being raised in the investigations are "some of the very reasons why consolidation should occur."

Robson was a co-sponsor of Pearce's bill because overlapping security "doesn't make sense."

The current arrangement, Pearce says, can allow for mistakes to occur because the Department of Administration is not equipped to oversee a police agency.

"I don't think it's fair to the officers," he says. "I don't think it's fair to the citizens."

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Mike D
Mike D

Did anyone else notice that the report refers to "the rights of the citizens". That is hard to believe, the part where the Newtimes actually printed anything with those words in it! This bleeding heart rag is only good for lining the bird-cage with!

Grow a brain readers, and do some research for yourselves instead of depending on the likes of 'Lemons' to to get your 'righteous indignation' going.

 
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