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N.M. Chief Resigns, Leaves K9 As Only Certified Member of Force

September 27, 2012  | 

The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force—a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.

Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn't allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.

State officials said Armijo couldn't carry a gun since acknowledging that he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. Armijo also faces new felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Tags: Officer Misconduct, Police Chiefs, K-9 Units, Vaughn (N.M.) PD


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Bob@Az. @ 9/27/2012 7:11 PM

Well, finally a Chief everybody can admire!! And he/she knows the streets! Congrats Chief Nikka, hope you hire more honest Officers, unlike your former chief. Don't they bother with back ground checks in Vaughn? Blues, stay safe.

Lars @ 9/27/2012 7:20 PM

Did Nikka hit on the city council of Vaughn? Sounds like they must have been smoking something when they hired the former chief.

Bob T.retired NYS LEO @ 9/27/2012 10:20 PM

So are they hiring now....??? :-)

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