Guandolo, Gaffney event hosted by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Phoenix, AZ
Location: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility
Sponsor: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Sentinel Intelligence Services

clarefrankjohnJohn Guandolo, along with anti-Muslim figures Clare Lopez and Frank Gaffney, held a 7-hour briefing for Arizona law enforcement at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility in Phoenix.

According to documents released in response to a public records request, the event was organized by Sentinel Intelligence Services, LLC, a private intelligence consulting outfit run by Lyle Rapacki, PhD. Rapacki is  a member of other dubious intelligence organizations, including the U.S. Border Intelligence Group. He is also a member of the far-right, anti-government group Oath Keepers, according to a note from the editor of the Oath Keepers website, Elias Alias.

The briefing was intended for “Selected Elected Officials, Law Enforcement Professionals and Invites with major constituencies [sic],” according to the released emails.  

In correspondence to a colleague, Charles Loftus, the assistant chief agent at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, praised Guandolo, writing, “I saw him last year when MCAO brought him to town, very good speaker has some ideas that I think are spot on.”

The briefing was approved by Maricopa County law enforcement leadership. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Chief Paul Chagolla, and the Training Center Command Nick Larkin have embraced this briefing event, and have made every effort for a successful day,” an advertisement for the event read.

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