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Entire police force in small, southeastern Colorado town abruptly resigns

The entire three-person police force in the small southeastern Colorado town of Springfield, including the police chief, abruptly resigned this week.  The resignations were announced Friday in a letter to the community from Springfield Mayor Tyler Gibson and Baca County Sheriff Aaron Shiplett. They wrote that it was a “time of turbulence within the Springfield […]

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Small Colorado town fires police officer it hired despite past complaints at previous law enforcement job

The Springfield Police Department has fired an officer who was hired at the department despite being terminated from his previous law enforcement job for a host of alleged transgressions. Officer Troy Morgan was terminated on Sept. 10, less than six months after he was hired in Springfield. His hiring came after a period of turmoil […]

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A Colorado town removed its police chief and paid $50,000 to settle allegations against an officer. Then it hired a cop with past complaints.

A small town in southeastern Colorado removed its police chief after he was accused of unprofessional behavior and paid $50,000 to settle claims that one of its officers acted inappropriately toward a 15-year-old girl, The Colorado Sun learned through open records requests. Then this summer, about a month after the settlement was reached, the Springfield […]