Sheriff Paul Babeu is America’s 2011 “Sheriff of the Year,” as selected by his colleagues in the National Sheriff’s Association. He proudly leads a department of 700 full time employees.
Sheriff Babeu won his first term in 2008, in a landslide victory over the incumbent. In so doing, he became the first Republican elected in the history of Pinal County (founded in 1875).
Immediately upon taking office, Sheriff Babeu launched a full reorganization. While cutting his own budget, he replaced the entire command leadership, implemented high employee standards, improved training, reduced emergency response times (by 40%) and has aggressively sought and been awarded nearly $7 million in grants. He instantly honored a campaign promise to remove speed cameras from the county, insisting that he ran for Sheriff to protect the public—not to be the tax collector for the state.
Leader on Border Security
Pinal County is the number one pass through county in all of American for drug and human smuggling, ground zero in the fallout over America’s unsecured Southern border.
Pinal County contains an estimated 75 – 100 drug cartel cells and listening posts/observation posts, used to facilitate the illegal transportation of people and narcotics into the United States. There have been cartel murders on residential streets, cold blooded executions, and attacks on law enforcement.
Sheriff Babeu has acted decisively to disrupt, dismantle and destroy cartel activities. He also assisted Senator McCain and Kyl with the “10-Point Border Security Plan.”
Sheriff Babeu has emerged as a national leader on border security, and an outspoken critic of the Federal government’s failure to fulfill their most solemn obligation—to keep us safe.