Apparently a federal judge's recent order that a monitor be put in place to make sure Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies don’t racially profile anyone hasn’t gotten the controversial sheriff down. He still has big plans: Arpaio wants two drones, if he can get them.
“I want two of these drones, unmanned and of course unarmed,” Arpaio told ABC15.
The sheriff said he was hoping to have the drones and approval months ago. Usage of drones requires the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration.
“I hope to get this done pretty quickly, I don’t like procrastination, especially bureaucracy,” he said. “These are good, useful tools.”
The first drone would be to keep an eye over the areas above his jails, Arpaio explained.
“We do have some small problems with people throwing drugs over the fence and that is my initial plan,” he said. “Surveillance regarding crime scenes and drugs, catching dope peddlers.”
The drones would be used for search-and-rescue operations, along with snapping photos, aiding investigators at crime scenes.
Arpaio, well known for his tough stance on immigration, stated that the drones would not be used to find and arrest undocumented immigrants in the desert, but they may use them find “dope peddlers coming into the United States… we are only 70 miles away from the border.”
“But we are not going to look at people coming into our country thinking they may be here illegally,” he said.
When asked about people’s privacy, Arpaio replied, “Privacy in the jails? Privacy for criminals, privacy for those with drugs? They better watch out.”
While Arpaio did not say which kind of drones he was interested in obtaining, he said most of the funding would come from donations, possible government discounts, but primarily through drug seizure dollars.
“Isnt it great? It would be the criminals buying these to arrest more criminals.”