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Bill inspired by Colorado City sets procedure to take over corrupt police departments (access required)

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A bill spawned by police corruption in a polygamist town received unanimous approval Tuesday in the House Government Committee.

And while the bill passed easily and has support of police unions, sparks flew when a Utah civil rights attorney who spoke against the measure suggested the U.S. Department of Justice and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board could address corrupt police departments.

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Understaffing cited in botched Arizona probes

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A report examining more than 400 sex-crime cases that were inadequately investigated or not looked into at all by an Arizona sheriff's office attributes the failures to understaffing and mismanagement, including hundreds of pieces of evidence intended for storage that were instead left in offices or taken home by detectives.

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