August 13, 2004
Maricopa County sheriff’s candidate Dan Saban is the best man to serve in these days of terrorist threats, Sen. John McCain said Thursday during a gathering of police officers supporting the sheriff’s candidate.
McCain, R-Ariz., said one of the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission was there be coordination, cooperation and communication between the various enforcement agencies.
"We must improve those first responder capabilities, we must improve our ability to counter any threat that might be out there to our state and particularly to Maricopa County and I believe Dan Saban is eminently qualified to address this challenge," McCain said.
McCain appeared at the gathering of police and firefighter union leaders a week after giving Saban his political endorsement.
Saban, who retired from the Mesa Police Department as a commander, is running against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Sept. 7 Republican primary.
Saban said he would work with other agencies by communicating and organizing centralized operational procedures and he would work with the Maricopa County attorney to establish protocol to protect people’s rights.
His plan also includes working with cities to coordinate police services and to partner with Arizona’s Department of Homeland S ecurity to improve prevention and response to acts of terrorism.
"There has to be new and innovative approaches to working effectively together and to share information, resources and assets," Saban said.
Earlier on Thursday, Saban attended a sheriff’s candidate forum with Democrat Robert Ayala and independent W. Steven Martin presented by the East Valley Tribune and to be broadcast on Cox cable.
Arpaio didn’t appear because he was in Washington, D.C., to receive an award for arresting parents who owe child support and to give a seminar on tracking them down. The Tribune offered to reschedule the debate but Arpaio’s press aide, Lisa Allen MacPherson, did not return calls.