Utah legislation could disband polygamous police

Tuesday , February 14, 2012 - 10:30 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY-- A statesenator is proposing legislation that could disband the police department that serves the Utah-Arizona border towns dominated by followers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble says Utah's Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asked him to sponsor the legislation

He says the bill hasn't yet been drafted, but is envisioned as a companion to Arizona legislation which proposes to dismantle any police department where half or more of officers have been decertified.

The Arizona bill targets the six-member Colorado City Town Marshal's Office, which polices Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale Utah. The towns home to members of Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Since 2003, six Colorado City officers have had their peace officer certifications revoked by Utah or Arizona authorities.

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