Funding needed to police the police in polygamous towns

Published April 12, 2013 10:51 am

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Yes, the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have a police force, but not one outsiders seem to want to rely upon.

That's because the town marshals are believed to be loyal to imprisoned Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs. So the state of Arizona has been paying for Mohave County sheriff's deputies to patrol the towns, too.

But that money is about to run out, reporter Ladd Egan at our media partner KUTV explains in the embedded video.

So what to do? Should Arizona taxpayers keep paying to police Hildale and Colorado City?

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @natecarlisle