Ron Burchett, Commander Sun Lakes Posse
As widely reported, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone suspended activities of the Posse for all of Maricopa County in late January. The Sun Lakes Posse is included in this suspension and is not presently patrolling the community. The Sheriff’s timeline for reinstating the Posse is estimated at 60-90 days, but details are unavailable at this time. Unfortunately, according to the current MCSO administration, there may be no dedicated Sun Lakes patrol presence in the future.
The Sun Lakes Posse has been the eyes and ears of MCSO in our community since 1987 and has provided much needed support and backup to the sworn deputies in Sun Lakes. During this transition time the Sun Lakes Posse is exploring options and partners to allow patrol activities to continue. This includes a possible affiliation with the Arizona Rangers, a statewide, unpaid, non-commissioned, civilian auxiliary organization that is available to assist and support all local and state law enforcement agencies. The Arizona Rangers are modeled on the Texas Rangers, and have served Arizona since 1901. This affiliation would allow the continued commitment to the safety and well-being of those living in the Sun Lakes communities. Like the Sun Lakes Posse, the Arizona Rangers are a 501C3 non-profit.
In the meantime, MCSO Deputies in the Sun Lakes beat have the option to utilize the Posse offices as needed to provide the local presence desired.
The Sun Lakes Medical Office will continue to operate, serving the community by loaning out medical equipment to the residents of Sun Lakes on a “first come, first served” basis.
For those Posse members who have been serving the community, we appreciate the support, and are working hard to not only maintain law enforcement support in Sun Lakes, but to grow and expand our service through new affiliations and partnerships.
Your continued support makes Sun Lakes a great and safe place to call home.