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Arpaio won't attend community outreach meetings

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's. (Source: CBS 5 News) Sheriff Joe Arpaio's. (Source: CBS 5 News)

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will have the first in a series of community outreach meetings on changes to its crime suppression efforts Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

The meetings are required as part of a federal judge's ruling that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office engaged in racial profiling. However, Arpaio said he won't attend any of the meetings Saturday.

He said he didn't want to favor one community over the others and instead, will send managers who run MCSO operations in each community.

The meetings will be at seven patrol district locations.

The officials are expected to answer public questions or concerns about: MCSO patrol operations, to outline changes to patrol policy regarding traffic stops and to inform the public of the upcoming changes to policy, training, data collection and records management.

English and Spanish-speaking personnel will be present and available to answer questions from the public, according to an MCSO news release.

The meetings will be at:

  • District 1: Sun Lakes, 9531 East Riggs Road
  • District 2: Avondale, 920 E. Van Buren St.
  • District 3: Sun City, 10831 Sunland Dr., Sun City Posse Building
  • District 4: Cave Creek: Cave Creek Town Hall, 37622 N. Cave Creek Road
  • District 6: Queen Creek: Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
  • District 7: Fountain Hills: Fountains Hills Community center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr.
  • Lakes: 7307 North Bush Highway, Mesa

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in May that Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have unreasonably singled out Latinos.

[Related: Judge: Monitors will watch over Arpaio's office]

Snow had delayed ordering remedies to allow time for parties to reach agreements, but disputes over key issues prevented consensus.

In his ruling, Snow ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee the agency's re-training of deputies and ensure the sheriff's office is complying with constitutional requirements.

A monitor has yet to be selected because lawyers in the profiling case can't agree on a recommended candidate.

[Related: Click to read the full court order (PDF)]

Snow also ordered the creation of a community advisory board aimed at helping restore the public's confidence.

Arpaio's office has appealed the judge's findings and the subsequent ruling that orders the monitor's appointment.

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