Goldwater Institute Critical of Arpaio’s MCSO

On Monday, Arizona’s prominent think tank, The Goldwater Institute, issued a report critical of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and its operations. In the 22-page policy report, Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Clint Bolick evaluates current MCSO practices, their failings and how the Legislature and other law enforcement agencies can provide more effective and efficient services.

The press release issued by Goldwater cites specific examples in which MCSO is failing in its core law enforcement duties:

The study finds MCSO record keeping inadequate and inaccurate. For example, each year when the Sheriff’s Office provides crime clearance statistics to the county, the figures are accompanied by the disclaimer that the data “is not considered accurate.”

The paper also examines the 166-percent increase in homicide rates between 2004 and 2007, the same period that MCSO began diverting resources to other priorities, such as trips by high-level employees to Honduras for ambiguous law enforcement activities.

Mission Unaccomplished also looks at MCSO’s closing of satellite booking facilities, immigration sweeps, and lack of transparency.

The report then goes on to make recommendations that will allow MCSO to meet its goals in the areas of enforcement, support services and detention:

  • Regular audits by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • The legislature formally clearing up blurry jurisdictional lines
  • The legislature adopting uniform standards for clearance of criminal investigations and requiring prompt, accurate reporting of clearance rates

Read the full policy report by clicking here.


  1. Too bad this didn’t come out in September instead of December.

    These are all the talking point Arpaio’s critics have been making for the past year.

    A day late and a dollar short, I say.

  2. Arpaio is a ticking time bomb… out my fellow GOP’ers.

  3. So.. does this mean the Goldwater Institute are “Open Borders” proponents?

  4. Big Cacti Daddy says

    Hmmmmm, a suggestion to do an audit with the board of supervisors and, at the same time, an indictment of a board member. Perhaps laurel and hardy are trying to nip those intrusive audits in the bud?

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