By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
Police and sheriffs deputies are legally entitled to enforce emergency proclamations and orders issued by state and local officials, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
In a formal opinion Tuesday, Brnovich said it’s not just the governor who can declare an emergency and issue restrictions. He said city mayors and the chairs of boards of supervisors have many of the same powers as the governor to declare an emergency.
And those powers, detailed in Arizona law, can range from curfews and closing streets to ordering any business to close.
But Brnovich also had a word of caution for those called upon to enforce those orders.