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Ariz. House to hear bill on Colorado City police

Attorney General Tom Horne (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The Arizona House is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday to allow the state to abolish the police department in the northern Arizona community of Colorado City.

State Attorney General Tom Horne says Colorado City officers who are followers of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs flout the law.

The bill would set up a process for a local police agency to be replaced by the county sheriff’s department if at least half of its officers have lost their law enforcement certifications in an eight-year period.

A lawyer for Colorado City has acknowledged that officers have been decertified in the past but denied that current ones flout the law.

The bill has already been approved by the Senate. Changes being made by the House would require another Senate vote.

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One comment

  1. The Az DPS was given birth by the corruption within the Pima County Sheriff’s Office decades ago. Have we not learned a lesson? This type of legislation makes sense because ultimatey, the Sheriff in any county should be the senior law enforcement agency to step in when all else fails.

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