Arizona collects and distributes millions of dollars every year from court fees so the 15 county sheriffs can improve their jails.
In Maricopa County, the Sheriff's Office has spent hundreds of thousands of those dollars on out-of-state travel for training, stays at luxury hotels and a staff party at a local amusement park, The Arizona Republic found.
Reviewing those records, The Republic found money used for items directly related to Maricopa County jail operations, including security and video-visitation equipment, Tasers, mobile-security towers, polygraph systems, computer programs to enhance record keeping, body shields and gloves to protect guards.
Also listed in the records were staff trips and hotel stays at the Walt Disney Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville; Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; the Bourbon Orleans French Quarter Hotel in New Orleans; and Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.
The MCSO stated that the expenses were related to needed training, but how do stays in Mickey's yacht club, Opryland, a Vegas casino and resort, and posh resorts in New Orleans and San Diego enhance training? I suppose the hooker patrol could find some "training opportunities" in those places, but that would be about it. :)