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Morning Poll: Should Law Enforcement Agencies Be Comfortable Working With Joe Arpaio?

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took great offense yesterday to our asking other heads of local law enforcement agencies whether they feel comfortable working with America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff"  -- what with the recent cartel infiltrations and federal investigations, and all.

The MCSO was recently infiltrated by a Mexican drug cartel. It's also the target of a nearly three-year federal investigation into alleged corruption.

Based on these recent events, it would seem other law-dogs might at least be concerned about jumping into bed with the sheriff (or two former members of his command staff -- for completely different reasons).

In other words, if our job required us to share a byline with someone who allegedly plagiarized something, or who's allowed a rival newspaper to infiltrate our editorial meetings, we'd at least be a little cautious.

Not acting Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner, or Department of Public Safety Director Robert Halliday, though -- both of whom say they're completely comfortable working with Arpaio, despite his many alleged misdoings.

We want to know what you think: should other law enforcement agencies at least be cautious of a corrupt county sheriff currently under investigation by the federal government?

Cast your vote below.


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