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Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:12 pm | Updated: 1:55 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Paul Chagolla: Tribune columnist Bill Richardson’s Friday commentary titled “The numbers don’t match Arpaio’s hype” is misleading and mean-spirited. The manner in which the Tribune allows Richardson to degrade elected officials and describe the legislative hearing process is immature and should cause one to question the Tribune’s editorial standards.

Tribune columnist Bill Richardson’s Friday commentary titled “The numbers don’t match Arpaio’s hype” is misleading and mean-spirited.

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The manner in which the Tribune allows Richardson to degrade elected officials and describe the legislative hearing process is immature and should cause one to question the Tribune’s editorial standards. Why does the Tribune allow Richardson to repeatedly bash the Maricopa County sheriff and his office? Are the Tribune and the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick working together to denigrate our law enforcement agency?

You give Richardson a platform to repeatedly attack the dedicated men and women of this office, along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, when Richardson has little police management experience. This is concerning and unfair to our agency. Any person digesting his bile-tainted “whine” can be misled by his lack of knowledge in crime clearance procedures. There are no “FBI crime-reporting procedures” imposed upon local law enforcement agencies.

Only restraint keeps me from calling his diatribe disingenuous. Any veteran detective would be suspicious of a left-leaning “think tank” that holds a press conference to announce a study short on accuracy, just to lambaste Sheriff Arpaio.

Speaking of numbers, Arpaio’s deputies have arrested thousands of felony suspects under Arizona’s illegal immigration laws. We don’t report the number of “routine” arrests involving illegal immigrants because we want the citizens to know that enforcing these laws is a priority.

Richardson’s sham here is that he knows that Mesa police Chief George Gascón and Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris don’t enforce the state’s illegal immigration laws instituted by the citizens they are obligated to protect and serve.

Richardson’s contrast of arrest numbers is an “apples and oranges” comparison.

If Richardson would stop being a cheerleader for the Phoenix and Mesa police chiefs, and instead make an objective review, he just might detect the clues that lead him to the truth.

When we arrest illegal immigrants, they go directly to jail.

Nearly all other agencies only allow their officers to detain illegal immigrants and turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation — only to have these individuals quickly find their way back over the U.S.-Mexico border and back onto our streets.

I do find it interesting Richardson mentioned 3,000 arrests of illegal immigrants by the sheriff’s office since April 2006, but failed to address the 25,000 illegal immigrants identified by our officers in jail investigations.

If FBI records show major drops in serious crime in all of Maricopa County, it is because of the law enforcement community’s comprehensive approach to fighting crime, particularly illegal immigration enforcement conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

If you do the math, Tribune and Mr. Richardson, that is nearly 30,000 criminals taken off the streets of Maricopa County, including the cities of Mesa and Phoenix.

Paul Chagolla is a deputy chief in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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