Pinal County is home to the 2011 National Sheriff of the Year. Sheriff Paul Babeu was honored with the Ferris E. Lucas Award Sunday at the National Sheriffs' Association annual conference in St. Louis, Mo.
According to a news release, the award honors a sheriff who has made significant contributions to improving law enforcement at local, state and national levels, and for being involved in the community beyond what's required.
With over 700 employees, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office is the third largest in the state. Among other accomplishments, Babeu has earned state and national attention for his stance against illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking. He also has worked on the development of the "10 Point Border Security Plan" with Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl.