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What's it like to know a bad cop?

Here's a phrase that makes everyone uncomfortable: bad cop!

Citizens feel vulnerable, officials are stressed about the possibility and some law enforcement personnel will deny they exist. And while most jurisdictions can be trusted unconditionally, bad cops are a reality. There are police who steal, some who threaten and some who unjustifiably even kill.

We know that no matter how uncommon, it does happen. But what do other cops have to say about badge wearers who break the law?

Paul Penzone was a part of the Phoenix Police Department for over 20 years and has some surprising answers to the question, "What's it like knowing a bad cop?"

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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