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Letter: Numbers don’t lie about sheriff’s neglect

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 6:42 pm

The Arizona Department of Public Safety puts out an Annual Reports on Crime in Arizona, which shows that from 2002 to 2011 the number of violent crimes in areas served by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office increased by an incredible 41 percent, from 628 to 884 violent crimes. That’s 256 more murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than nine years ago.

For the parts of Maricopa not served by the sheriff, there was a 19 percent drop in violent crime for the same period. That’s 3,428 fewer murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than nine years ago.

If the whole county had been run the way Sheriff Arpaio runs his part, there would have been nearly 8,000 more dead, raped, robbed or assaulted Maricopans.

What words are there for that dismal performance on the part of Sheriff Arpaio? Utter dangerous incompetence.

Bob Unferth

Phoenix

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