By Roger Ball
The Sun City West Posse increased by ten new members in June and July.
Rich Demeyer, posse executive officer, said the increased size is allowing the organization to return to three shifts a day from the current two.
The posse had to cut shifts, he said, after Sheriff Paul Penzone stopped activity for all posse organizations and then required extensive background checks into each member before they were returned to service.
During the shutdown, the Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City West created a separate organization in February, the Sun City West Posse. Both organizations provide the same service to the community and are part of the same organizational structure.
Myron Finegold, posse commander, said the new organization would ensure that residents would always have posse service.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has agreed that the two organizations can operate, but not at the same time. This requires that some shifts are all members of the Sheriff’s Posse and other shifts all volunteers are part of the Sun City Posse.
Members of the Sun City West Posse patrol the streets the same as the MCSO Posse.
The two organizations have different uniforms and markings on their cars. Some members of the Sheriff’s Posse are also members of the Sun City Posse.
There will be an in depth report on the Posse in the July 24 issue of the Sun City West Independent.