Local 2544 President Art Del Cueto along with past president and current treasurer Edward Tuffly had separate meetings in Phoenix today with Judicial Watch, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the Arizona Police Association (APA) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Border security issues were discussed at length. Local 2544 has had a longstanding working relationship with PLEA, APA and Sheriff Arpaio.
Former Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President and retired Phoenix police officer Mark Spencer is now with Judicial Watch and we look forward to our continued relationship with him in his new role. Judicial Watch is extremely supportive of border security and the men and women of the Border Patrol. They have pushed for an extensive investigation into the Terry shooting.
We have enjoyed a years-long relationship with Dr. Levi Bolton, the Executive Director of the APA. Levi is also a retired Phoenix police officer and a huge supporter of Border Patrol agents. All Local 2544 members are members of the APA and associate members of PLEA. Levi is a tireless advocate for law enforcement officers in Arizona.
The last meeting was with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is also a longtime supporter of Border Patrol agents. Issues of mutual interest and ways we can better work with MCSO to achieve goals that will benefit our organizations were discussed in a nearly 4-hour meeting with the Sheriff this afternoon.
Local 2544 would like to thank Spencer, Bolton, PLEA VP Ken Crane and Sheriff Arpaio for taking the time to meet with us during a very productive day.
Some interesting ideas were generated by our meetings yesterday. One idea was that all managers should volunteer to lead by example and wear lapel cameras. If these cameras need to be implemented to ensure accountability while carrying out the business of the government, management should lead the way and wear them at all times while on duty.