TOWN OF QUEEN CREEK CRIME PREVENTION POSSE
BACKGROUND: The concept of a Sheriffs Posse began during the territorial days of the old west. When the rule of law was threatened in a community, the Sheriff (or Marshal), authorized private citizens to help him re-establish order. Collectively, these deputized private citizens formed the Sheriffs posse. After the threat was eliminated, the posseman ended their temporary law enforcement duties and returned to their private lives. In 1912, the Arizona State Constitution recognized and defined a Sheriffs legal authority to organize posses.
Today The Queen Creek Sheriff’s Posse is an all-volunteer organization of specially trained women and men who serve the residents of the Town of Queen Creek and Maricopa County Arizona by providing law enforcement support services to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
Although Queen Creek Posse members may participate in many MCSO operations, the primary focus of this Posse is the Town of Queen Creek and the surrounding areas in Maricopa County. Our Posse volunteers are local residents who care about the safety and well-being of the Queen Creek community. We welcome residents to join our Posse no matter where they live! Law enforcement experience is NOT required! Our team of non-compensated volunteers come from all walks of life and live in Queen Creek, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Mesa, Chandler and other areas.
With a population of 33,000 and growing, the Town of Queen Creek is a vibrant and family-oriented community. Residents of the over 26 square miles of incorporated Town limits rely on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 for law enforcement services.
That’s a lot of ground for Deputies to cover, especially in the outlying rural areas. Just the process of Prisoner transport and booking can take a Deputy out of his or her beat for hours. Providing traffic control at an accident scene or securing a crime scene can keep a Deputy out of service for even longer. Posse members are trained and routinely perform these duties allowing Deputies to focus on Law Enforcement Activites, thus reducing the response time when a resident calls for help.
In addition, most Deputies patrol their beats in solo cars. Help might be many miles and minutes away which could require Deputies to face dangerous situations alone and without backup. Specially trained Qualified Armed Posse members (QAP) also serve as partners for Deputies and while on patrol can provide necessary backup to our Deputies, helping to improve officer safety.
Under the guidance of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) the Queen Creek Posse are citizens who volunteer their time to virtually every division within the Sheriff’s Office. In 2016 alone, the Queen Creek Posse provided over 5,000 hours of service. Depending on their level of training, duties may include:
- Child fingerprinting/identification events requested by schools or other community service organizations.
- Search and Rescue
- Conducting “mall patrol” around Queen Creek shopping areas during the Christmas season.
- Patrolling washes and parks.
- Business Watch
- Residential Vacation Watch
- Enforcement Support to Patrol Deputies
- Assisting in law enforcement operations required for events related to Homeland Security at the community level.
- Enforcement Support during Search Warrants
- Traffic control at accidents, special events or schools.
- Providing security or community outreach at special events. Some of the past events which the Queen Creek Posse has helped with include:
- Ice Cream Social
- Roots N Boots
- Founder’s Day festival
- Lemonade Days
- 4th of July Celebration at Schnepf Farms
- Trunk or Treat
- Pancake Breakfast
- Bacon, Blues, and Brews festival
- Christmas Car Show and Toy Drive
- Christmas Parade
- Prisoner Transport
- Crime Scene Security
- Fingerprinting children for identification and safety purposes.
- Conducting CPR/1st training for the MCSO
- And much more!
How Can You Help?
The Queen Creek Posse does not receive financial support from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office or any TAX PAYER money. Our team of non-compensated volunteers is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which is supported by gracious donations from the Queen Creek community, residents and businesses. Your donation will allow us to buy critical gear such as protective vests, Tasers, flashlights, radios and other equipment which is necessary for our members to safely and better serve our community. All donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law and you will receive a receipt for your donation. If you are interested in donating to this worthy non-profit organization, please select the Donate Link Below.